Oops on that DC Walmart love...
After "finishing" the ANC4B large tract review subcommittee report (look for the links here: Issues and Documents) on the proposed Walmart for Georgia Avenue, I am kicking myself for not including sections evaluating "the current conditions" of Walmart in more detail, including at least two factors:
From the article:
Visits to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s U.S. locations open at least a year dropped 2.6 percent from February through June, according to an internal memo, while rivals are attracting customers.
Those Walmart stores had 82.8 million fewer visits through the first five months of the company's fiscal year than a year earlier, says the memo, which was obtained by Bloomberg News. Wal-Mart doesn't disclose those traffic numbers, and David Tovar, a spokesman, declined to comment.
Wal-Mart's plan to recapture customers by returning thousands of products to U.S. store shelves has failed to reverse a decline in foot traffic at the world's largest retailer, said Jeff Stinson, an analyst at Cleveland Research Co.
That's primarily because Wal-Mart's core low-income customers are shopping less and going to other retailers more often, according to two recent shopper surveys. Many shoppers don't believe Wal-Mart's prices are the lowest anymore, the surveys found.
"The biggest issue remains weak store traffic," Stinson wrote in a July 14 report. "We believe sales have slowed in the second quarter and are running below plan primarily due to further traffic declines." The Cleveland-based analyst rates the shares "neutral." ...Sales in U.S. Walmart stores open at least 12 months have declined for eight straight quarters even as some of its direct competitors are getting more visits.
Meanwhile Walmart looks to be entering Boston, see the Boston Globe editorial, "Open dialogue is crucial as Wal-Mart moves into Boston" which basically argues for giving in, provided the company does a thing or two in return.