- The Washington Times - Friday, November 4, 2011

We will be as clear and direct here as we were with a Washington Times’ reporter: David W. Wilmot had no role in the selection of our Ward 6 store (“A familiar face in D.C. Wal-Mart deal,” Page 1, Oct. 24).

Mr. Wilmot disclosed financial interest in the property to us early in the process. He never lobbied on our behalf regarding the Ward 6 property and has no contractual relationship with Wal-Mart beyond his role as a consultant. Almost all activity described in the article occurred prior to our interest in the property.

As we have said from Day One, our real estate selection process in the city has centered on underserved areas, and we think a Wal-Mart store in Ward 6 can be part of the solution for residents there who need jobs or want more affordable grocery options in their own neighborhoods. Most city residents agree, with close to three-quarters expressing support for Wal-Mart here.

We look forward to being a good corporate neighbor in Washington for decades to come and will continue to evaluate opportunities across the city to help more residents save money and live better.

STEVEN RESTIVO

Senior director, community affairs

Wal-Mart

Chicago