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On Wednesday, the two first Walmarts in D.C. will be open for business: one on H Street near Union Station, the other in Northeast D.C., in the Brightwood neighborhood. 

The large retailer has long attracted the ire of labor groups nation-wide, and this past week was no different, as protestors held demonstrations outside the Walmarts in Alexandria and Prince George's county during the rush of customers on Black Friday. 

In fact, nine protestors were arrested outside the Alexandria store during the rally, which called for higher wages for Walmart workers. 

The retailer's move into D.C. has garnered its share of controversy as well. Earlier this year, the DC Council passed a bill requiring retailers, such as Walmart, to pay its workers a so-called living wage. 

The big box store balked and threatened to pull out of city over the measure, but Mayor Vincent Gray ultimately vetoed the bill. 

A total of six Walmarts are planned for D.C. 

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