Impact on traditional commercial districts. The issue of the impact of Walmart on urban markets is tricky, because urban markets are traditionally understored, so they are lacking retail, whereas by comparison suburbs are over-stored. This is definitely the case in DC. So if a Walmart opens in DC, probably there will be less negative impact compared to a store opening in a location with a lot more retail competition.
But I certainly am looking forward to checking out the newest Walmart store in the DC metropolitan area and seeing what low prices they have on produce and other items! Let me point out that in a 2-mile span on Sudley Road in Manassas, there are: a Shoppers Food Warehouse, Giant Food, Bottom Dollar, Walmart w/ supermarket, and Aldi (coming in Dec. 2009). That’s a lot of competition between grocery stores in such a small space!