It was a miracle on Georgia Avenue today as Mayor Vincent Gray and city leaders joined executives from Walmart in cutting the ribbon for the first Walmart Store in the history of the District of Columbia.
Just days away from its most successful Black Friday in history Walmart scored another victory in opening a spectacular new store on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Peabody Street, NW, in the Petworth Community of Washington, D.C.
"This has been the most successful Black Friday in Walmart's history, with customers receiving bigger and better savings and an overall safer shopping experience. We're proud of the hard work our associates have put into making this a great Black Friday for our customers, and we're pleased we can provide them with holiday pay equal to an additional day's work, as well as a 25 percent discount on an entire basket of goods for their extraordinary efforts,” Walmart said..
The company released a statement on associate wages and benefits, “For our part, we want to be absolutely clear about our jobs, the pay and benefits we offer our associates, and the role retail jobs play in the U.S. economy. Walmart provides wages on the higher end of the retail average with full-time and part-time associates making, on average, close to $12.00 an hour. The majority of our workforce is full-time, and our average full-time hourly pay is $12.81 an hour. We are also proud of the benefits we offer our associates, including affordable health care, performance-based bonuses, education benefits, and access to a 401K.,” the company said.
Many of the executives at the grand opening of the Georgia Avenue store began their work as associates and worked their way up to the executive level. "Of course, we have entry-level jobs and we always will. The real issue isn't where you start. It's where you can go once you've started. Retail is one of the few industries that has jobs at all levels and ongoing advancement opportunities. Walmart promotes on average more than 430 associates a day. By year's end, we will have promoted 160,000 associates, including 25,000 this holiday season alone. It's businesses like Walmart that can create opportunities for career growth and greater economic security for families." Walmart said.