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Old 05-07-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I'd bet that the new WalMart is intended to replace the old store...that's how they do things.

I drag my banjo down to Southwest VA occasionally (to show them local boys how it's done!) and in this one town, Wally built a brand new Superstore right across the street from an older store. When the new store opened, the old one closed immediately. Pretty smart, if you ask me, they don't miss a single sale during the construction!
IIRC, that's what they did in Loudoun. The old WalMart used to be where Wegmans is now located, and the new one is off Atlantic by Lowe's, across 28.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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IIRC, that's what they did in Loudoun. The old WalMart used to be where Wegmans is now located, and the new one is off Atlantic by Lowe's, across 28.
And they did it in Manassas. And near my parents' house in Pennsylvania.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I'm not saying, I'm just saying....
LOL - It's 1 AM and I'm gonna wake my family up from laughing so loud at those pictures.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Something I personally dislike about "big-box" stores in general is what they happen to be---big boxes. I was just at Ikea for the first time last night down in Woodbridge, and while it, too, is a "box" its land footprint is MUCH smaller than most other major chains because it is multi-story, with elevators and escalators being used to ferry people between floors. Being an Ikea virgin I was literally in heaven with the way the store's interior was laid-out. I felt like I was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz following the yellow brick road around! At Wal-Mart I just get an "eh" feeling because I walk inside and just think "generic" and "soulless." Shopping should be an enjoyable and fun experience. It shouldn't be unpleasant, but more often than not when I've been to Wal-Mart I haven't had the best of times.

Why doesn't Wal-Mart consider building UP instead of OUT all the time, and why the sea of asphalt all the time instead of a parking garage, like Ikea has? Wal-Mart's profit margins are MUCH higher than Ikea, so don't tell me it's a matter of cost. You could even have a Wal-Mart in Old Town Alexandria if Wally World would "think outside the box" and figure out a way to retrofit existing buildings to suit its needs. In Columbia Heights in the District there is a mall with a parking garage and multi-story Target and Best Buy. There is a Home Depot in Manhattan. Wal-Mart still sticks to its stubborn and outdated "box" concept which does nothing but waste land and open space, in my opinion. If Wal-Mart was intelligent they'd build a 3-story store on this parcel along Route 1 with an attractive facade with windows and skylights to bring in as much natural light as possible to enhance the shopping exprience. They'd build an attached parking garage. They could then get approval to sub-divide the parcel and sell off the unused portion to a private developer who'd build a multi-story mixed-use project with a few hundred apartments/condos with a few restaurants and neighborhood businesses on the ground floor. It's a win-win. Wal-Mart gets cash from the developer, Wal-Mart gets more foot traffic from the new residents, and the community hates Wal-Mart less because they actually built something ATTRACTIVE instead of its typical ugly huge "box" that looks just like every other one in the nation.
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'd bet that the new WalMart is intended to replace the old store...that's how they do things.

I drag my banjo down to Southwest VA occasionally (to show them local boys how it's done!) and in this one town, Wally built a brand new Superstore right across the street from an older store. When the new store opened, the old one closed immediately. Pretty smart, if you ask me, they don't miss a single sale during the construction!
Car54 - that's a really good observation. They're putting a COSTCO in next door to the old one where the closed Multiplex is so maybe they decided it would be better to move up the road a bit.

I'm not an anti-Wal Mart snob, but I would like a little more retail variety around here. We've got the low end pretty well covered so would be nice to have some more upscale choices. I'll bet even the folks in Incognito's pics would shop at a Wegmans or TJs if it were convenient.
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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WalMart has built up, instead of out -- in White Plains, NY. It was a prototype for the urban WalMart, and was a precursor on an attempt to break into the NYC market, something that it has not been able to do. It's a cross between a regular WalMart, though product offerings are tailored for the area, and a Super WalMart as it has some limited grocery selections, and a parking garage.

There's no reason to do that on Route 1 because it's not a urban environment. It is very much a low rise commercial strip, with abundant parking lots.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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Wegman's will open a new store near Kingstowne in 2012, at the corner of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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This is a significant upgrade for Walmart, location-wise. Closer to the City of Alexandria and Huntington means they'll be able to compete with Target better.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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This Wal-Mart is actually going to be a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, not a Supercenter. It's supposed to be upscale, discounted groceries, i.e. Whole Foods with better prices.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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You could even have a Wal-Mart in Old Town Alexandria if Wally World would "think outside the box" and figure out a way to retrofit existing buildings to suit its needs.
Maybe in the City of Alexandria (after all, it already has a Target), but not in Old Town itself. The biggest store I can think of in Old Town is the Whole Foods, and even that is really more on the outskirts. It's also way smaller than any big-box store could be. It simply would not have room for the departments that make a Walmart useful. Old Town does not have any two or three story department stores that I know of.

However, I would love to see something like this in the proposed development around the Eisenhower Metro. That would be the right place for it- good transit and vehicle accessibility. It would still be a new development and not a retrofit, though.

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If Wal-Mart was intelligent they'd build a 3-story store on this parcel along Route 1 with an attractive facade with windows and skylights to bring in as much natural light as possible to enhance the shopping exprience. They'd build an attached parking garage. They could then get approval to sub-divide the parcel and sell off the unused portion to a private developer who'd build a multi-story mixed-use project with a few hundred apartments/condos with a few restaurants and neighborhood businesses on the ground floor.
The area needs to become more transit-dependent first. That is part of the plan for Richmond Highway so I could see something like this happening 25 years from now. But right now, the area is too car-dependent and parking lots are too plentiful for this to make sense.
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