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Morning Read: The Latest on the Half-Dozen Walmarts Coming to D.C.

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    It’s been two years since Walmart announced it would be invading D.C. with a whopping four—now six—stores in the District. And now the retail giant is about to break ground on its second store on George Avenue in Northwest. (Construction is already underway for the store off North Capitol Street. )

    Here are some updates on the half dozen Walmarts coming our way:

    -Opponents of the Georgia Avenue Walmart have filed one last appeal—they have already unsuccessfully filed one—to try and prevent construction of the 106,244- square foot superstore.

    -Unlike in many other cities in the country, the plans to bring Walmart to D.C. seemingly won over the hearts and minds of D.C. politicians and residents. But WBJ points out that there may be a reason for that: money! Walmart donated nearly $2.2 million in D.C. charities and non-profits since its arrival on the D.C. scene. And here’s more on construction on the Georgia Avenue Walmart from WaPo.

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