Walmart Coming to Chinatown Area

Posted by on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 2:13pm.

A new Walmart is coming to the Chinatown area on H Street near the intersection with New Jersey Avenue NW in Ward 6.  It will be next to Gonzaga High School and across from the Government Printing Office.  The Walmart coming to Chinatown will be one of the first Walmart stores in the country to have apartments in the complex, making it the most urban of the new Walmart stores coming to DC.

The new development will include a 4-story 85,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter encased in large glass windows.  This is about half the size of an average Walmart, but within that Supercenter, shoppers will find 40,000 square feet of grocery and pharmacy areas.  Surrounding the Walmart coming to the Chinatown area will be a mixed-use building containing retail at street level with 4 stories of apartments above.  The development will also include underground parking.  

Of the 303 apartments in the new development, 277 are expected to have rents ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.  The remaining 26 apartments will have reduced rents capped between $1,300 and $1,700.  The addition of this high-rent housing many have more of an effect on the neighborhood than the new Walmart.

The site is owned by the District, but has been used as a large surface parking lot prior to the Walmart construction.  The new Walmart coming to the Chinatown area, along with the new streetcar line, will turn the old gravel lot into an active and vibrant area.  In addition, the new development will help to fill the gap by combining the existing retail in both directions along H Street.  This will create a continuous shopping district from the old convention center, through Chinatown, and on to the Atlas District.  Look for new shopping options at the Walmart coming to the Chinatown area.

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