As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray decides whether to veto a bill that would require certain large retailers to pay employees $12.50 an hour, plans for one of the Walmart stores appears to have unraveled.
According to the Washington Post, the deal to build a Walmart on New York Avenue in Northeast D.C. has fallen apart, bringing down to five the number of stores the Arkansas-based retailer has planned for the city.
The owners of the land where the project was going to be built terminated their agreement with the developer. Both sides say it had nothing to do with the ongoing debate over the living wage bill that targets Walmart and other large retailers.
Walmart has said it would pull the plug on three of six—now five—planned stores, including the New York Avenue one, if the bill is signed into law.
A Walmart spokesperson tells the Post the big box retailer is still committed to bringing Walmart to the New York Avenue site. That would appear to hinge on whether a new developer steps in and what Gray decides to do with the bill.