D.C. Walmarts to open Dec. 4 on H Street, Georgia Avenue

(WJLA) - After more than a year of planning and a battle over employee pay, the District of Columbia will welcome its first Walmart locations early next month.

The company will open its first two locations - at 1st and H streets Northeast and at Georgia and Missouri avenues Northwest - on Dec. 4, the company announced Tuesday.

Each of the two new locations will feature a full grocery store, a pharmacy and the other hallmarks of Walmart stores nationwide.

Officials say that more than 23,000 people applied for jobs at D.C.'s six new big box stores. About 300 people will be hired for each location.

Walmart locked itself into a protracted battle with the District over a push by several local lawmakers to force large retailers to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour, $4.25 higher than the city's standard minimum wage.

That legislation, dubbed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, was passed by the D.C. Council but ultimately vetoed by Mayor Vincent Gray. Walmart had threatened to pull all six of its planned stores from the District had the city passed the bill.

Four more Walmarts are slated to open in D.C, including locations at Skyland Town Center and Capitol Gateway in Southeast and Fort Totten and{ } New York Avenue in Northeast.