Walmart opens hiring centers in D.C.

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Retail giant Walmart isn't wasting any time. Just days after the D.C. city council failed to override the Mayor's veto of the controversial living wage bill, the company has opened two hiring centers.

And D.C. residents looking for extra work or a new job all together wasted no time getting in line Monday morning.

Jobs are now officially being filled for two stores under construction at H Street in Northeast and on Georgia Avenue in Northwest.

Those being screen at this office near on Eastern Avenue would work at the Georgia Avenue store, which is all but completed and projected to open before Christmas.

The plan which was a bit cloudy just a few weeks ago is to open six stores in the District. The company threatened to pull the plug on three stores if that living wage bill became law. The legislation singles out large stores, by raising their minimum wage to $12.50 per hour. Work candidates now know the wage will be lower, but still need the work.

"Would have been nice for bills ... and rent," says Sierra Smith, an applicant.

The building already starting to take shape here on H Street. It’s 75,000 square feet, smaller than the usual Walmarts we are accustomed to. But it will still employee about 350 people.

Not hired this time? Many more jobs are coming, as Walmart plans six stores all over D.C. Currently under construction is a location at Fort Totten. Also opening before Christmas is the location on H Street northwest.