A San Leandro police officer, right, holds a bloody shirt as evidence is gathered at the scene of a shooting at Wal-Mart on Hesperian Boulevard, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in San Leandro, Calif. Gunfire rang out about 1:50 a.m. and a man was shot in a robbery attempt. Despite major injuries, police said he was in stable condition. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska
"I do know it's important to people to have fresh produce at reasonable prices, but it's not enough to have workers that need health benefits. I'm hoping the D.C. government is willing to work to get Wal-mart to do the right thing."
Andrea Walling, 67, Arlington, retired
David W. Wilmot (right), a power broker in the District since Marion Barry was first elected mayor, lobbies for Wal-Mart and has ties to city-owned land where a store is to be built. (The Washington Times)
A vendor waits for customers at the Gascasonica market. Mexico City's neighborhood markets offer abundant fresh produce at low prices, but chains such as Wal-Mart are seen as safer, more convenient and cleaner. (Associated Press)
Wal-Mart is rolling out a layaway option from Oct. 17 through Dec. 16 after ending the pay-as-you-go plans in 2006. The company is introducing the option at a time when many of its shoppers are trying to cope with high unemployment and rising costs. (Associated Press)
After largely avoiding labor-based controversy, Target is facing the same union opposition that has plagued rival Wal-Mart. Target had its first union election in two decades in June at a Valley Stream, N.Y., store, after employees made allegations of skimpy wages and reduced hours. (Associated Press)
Carol Rosenblatt (right), of the District, takes part in a rally at the Supreme Court on March 29 in support of plaintiffs in a case of female employees against Wal-Mart. The National Women's Law Center decried Monday's ruling, which held there were too many female plaintiffs in too many different jobs to justify a class-action lawsuit. (Associated Press)
**FILE** In this photo from March 29, 2011, Carol Rosenblatt (right), of Washington, and others take part in rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in a case of women employees against Wal-Mart. (Associated Press)
**FILE** In this photo from March 17, 2011, Christine Kwapnoski is seen at her home in Bay Point, Calif. The Supreme Court has ruled against Kwapnoski and four other plaintiffs in a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there. (Associated Press)
Makro, a big-box chain owned by South Africa's Massmart wholesale and retail business, soon may be part of the Wal-Mart family. South African regulators have approved Wal-Mart's bid to buy a controlling share of Massmart, which operates in more than a dozen African countries. providing access to more of the continent. The deal is expected to be finalized soon.
Wal-Mart has found a new site for a store in Orange County, Va., appeasing preservationists who deemed the corporation's original site too close to the land where the Battle of the Wilderness was fought in 1864. (Associated Press)
"By honoring its public commitment to choose an alternate site in Orange County, Wal-Mart has demonstrated that preservation groups and retailers can work together to find universally beneficial resolutions." - James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Trust (Associated Press)
RETAIL POLITICS: Eva Yung, of Alexandria, joins other protesters at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices heard arguments as to whether a group of female plaintiffs can bring a class-action discrimination suit against Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
Christine Kwapnoski of Bay Point, Calif., an assistant manager at Sam's Club in Concord, Calif., is one of the named plaintiffs in a class-action sex discrimination suit against Wal-Mart over pay and promotions. If the Supreme Court approves, it would be the largest class action in U.S. history, affecting some 1.5 million people. (AP Photo)