WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two new Walmart stores have officially opened for business in Northwest D.C.
The new stores at 99 H St. NW and 5929 Georgia Ave. opened after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m.
Shoppers rushed in like Black Friday after the doors opened at 8 a.m.
"Glad to see this store open and glad for the jobs that have been created," said Mayor Vincent Gray.
Combining the two new stores, Walmart has added at least 600 new jobs to the area, but some are concerned about the mom and pop stores across the street and are worried they might not survive.
The stores will offer apparel, electronics, toys and sporting goods, as well as a full line of groceries, according to the news release.
Community Celebrations will be held at each location on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. Customers will have an opportunity to meet the store managers and enjoy family activities.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, the stores will host Welcome to Wellness, a celebration of health and community from noon to 3 p.m. These events will introduce customers to their new pharmacists and allow them to get health tips and sample fresh produce.
In September, Walmart threatened to pull out of D.C. if the city approved a living wage bill. the bill would have required big stores such as Walmart to pay workers a miniumum of $12.50 an hour. It was eventually vetoed by Mayor Gray.