The District will have three fewer Walmart stores if the city's liveable wage act passes on Wednesday. The number has been cut from six to three, due to the District’s own doing.
Councilwoman Yvette Alexander oversees Ward 7, where two of the three proposed Walmarts may no longer be built. Legislation that is supposed to pass on Wednesday requires big box stores like Walmart to start employee salaries at $12.50 – well above the District’s $8.25 minimum wage.
Because of this, Walmart executives are considering pulling the plug on beginning construction on sites at Capitol Gateway, Skyland Town Center, and the intersection of New York Ave. and Bladensburg.
Unfortunately, pulling the plug on these locations allegedly means pulling the plug on approximately 900 jobs as well.