...for whatever it's worth...

Who would ever have thought that Walmart shoppers could sleep upstairs and shop downstairs, but that is exactly what residents of the building housing a new Walmart in downtown Washington, D.C., will be able to do. In December, Walmart opened its first two stores in the nation’s capital, and they illustrate the lengths to which brick-and-mortar retailers will go to get into rapidly growing urban markets.

The 80,000-square-foot store, built in partnership with JBG Rosenfeld Retail, is in a mixed-use building topped by four stories of apartments. Parking is located in a garage directly below the store. Another 10,000 square feet of retail space is wrapped around the outside of the Walmart; initial tenants include a Starbucks and a bank.

Could this concept work in Kenton County, perhaps as an anchor in one of the new form-based code districts adopted by Covington and Independence, or soon in Erlanger? Check out an article that appeared last month in UrbanLand published by the Urban Land Institute… for whatever it’s worth.

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