Walmart will open a total of six stores in the District, two more than it had originally planned, the retailer said late Tuesday.
The previously unannounced stores will be located on the ground floor of the Fort Totten Square Apartments Northeast D.C., and at Skyland Town Center, a mall in Southeast D.C. near the Hillcrest neighborhood. The low-cost retailer based out of Arkansas is expected to announce its plans later this morning.
Walmart has been teeing up its aggressive expansion into D.C. for more than a year now. It had previously announced plans to build four stores in the city, and it has been making charitable contributions to city programs and nonprofits alike for the past several months.
The retailer's plans have been endorsed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and the city is hoping the stores will provide much needed jobs and sales tax revenues. Gray reportedly pitched the Skyland site to Wal-Mart at the International Council of Shopping Centers meeting in Las Vegas in May.