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The 19 Least Walmart Things About Washington D.C.'s First Walmart

Welcome to capitalism.

Posted on December 8, 2013, at 11:22 a.m. ET

For the first time in history, Washington, D.C., has a Walmart.

After some gigantic regulation battles, the big-box store was finally allowed to build in downtown, urban D.C.

And it is only a mile from the White House.

But this is not your daddy's Walmart.

Here are some things that are different from any Walmart I have ever been to.

1. It looks like a mix between loft apartments and a Borders.

2. The parking ramp is underground and there are valets there to guide you to a freaking spot.

3. It has a bright underground entrance.

4. This guy stands there and gets the elevator for you!

5. As you enter, you will notice there are red, white, and blue balloons everywhere.

6. The store itself is quite small, as are the aisles.


I used 100.

8. A big, fat D.C. flag.

9. There is a section for Gourmet refrigerated pet food.

10. And a healthy amount of Pork stomach and beef tongue.

You can try some!


12. ALL of the employees were overly friendly. Like, honestly, you can't go 3.5 feet without being asked if you need any help.

13. Extremely burnt rotisserie chicken.

I bought the one next to it and it was tasty.

14. Victorian snowball fights.

15. Tourist #SWAG.

16. Ugly Christmas sweaters.

17. Armed U.S. Capitol Police.

18. And there are 75,002 check-out aisles.

19. You can also live above this Walmart.

= dream.

BUT HAVE NO FEAR. This Walmart maintains the special Walmart touches that keep you coming back for more.

Like the bargain DVD bin.

Wall O' beer. Wall O' beef. Wall O' Ragu.

And velcro shoes next to unnaturally colored flowers.

So people of Walmart rejoice!

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.