February 12, 2005

WM Exploring DC, Again

Michael Barbaro of The Washington Post informs us of Wal-Mart's latest move in the nation's capitol:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has hired a former top aide to Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) as a consultant as it continues to explore the possibility of building a store in the District and attempts to navigate the city's zoning rules and neighborhood politics, the retailer said....

Kelvin J. Robinson, who was the mayor's chief of staff from 2001 to 2004, announced his resignation from the city government last summer...

Retail brokers said Wal-Mart's decision to hire Robinson, who worked closely with the mayor and the council, suggests company leaders remain serious about entering the market. Wal-Mart was close to signing a deal for a store in Brentwood before it determined the site was too small and abandoned the plan in August, according to sources close to those discussions.

It's unclear to me where or when "the retailer" told Mr. Barbaro about this...

Posted by Kevin on February, 12 2005 at 02:28 PM