Walmart says its first two stores in the nation's capital will open on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The stores are the first of as many as six that Walmart hopes to build in Washington.
The company had threatened to abandon plans for the additional stores if the city enacted a law that would have required large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the bill, calling it a "job killer."
Walmart plans to hire about 300 people at each new store. The retailer says it has already received more than 23,000 applications.
The stores are located near Union Station and in the Brightwood neighborhood.