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As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:57 am ... 21_bk.html

September 14, 2012 / News / War-Mart: Brooklyn’s Big-Box Battle
BREAKING: Walmart won’t open on Belt Parkway
Walmart is not coming to planned Gateway II shopping center off the Belt Parkway, the company announced today.

The controversial retail giant was long-rumored to be planning to place it’s first store in New York City at the East New York site, but issued a statement today saying that wasn’t going to happen.

“We were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York,” said Walmart spokesman Steve Restivo.

This is the first time Walmart reps admitted that the Gateway II center was even on the table. In the past, Walmart management only stated that they were interested in Brooklyn.

Still, Brooklynites long believed that the store was destined for the shopping plaza near the former Spring Creek Landfill near the boarder with Queens — especially since the Bentonville Behmouth began showering several southern Brooklyn non-profit organizations with donations, and joined the fight to clean up Jamaica Bay, which is less than a mile from where Gateway II will be built.

Here’s the full press release which our newsroom received late on Friday afternoon.

“Walmart today announced that we were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York. We remain committed to bringing new economic development and shopping options to New York City, especially in the neighborhoods that need them most. Two things remain constant: most New Yorkers want us here and we remain interested in providing more convenient access to Walmart for local residents. We appreciate all our supporters – the Mayor’s office, Borough President Markowitz, Reverend Youngblood and countless others in and outside East New York – who helped us strengthen local relationships and build bridges with the community. In addition to providing good jobs and affordable groceries, residents want a retailer in Brooklyn that would hire and buy local, and look to make a positive economic impact by hosting job fairs, workforce development initiatives and supplier summits. Walmart will continue to evaluate local opportunities across all five boroughs.”

Check back with Brooklyn Daily for more on this developing story.

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Re: As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:06 am

Good for NYC.

Re: As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:58 am

That's a travesty. I'm surprised this earth shattering story did not make it on the front page of Wall Street Journal. Where would someone from NY be able to buy Elvis ducks and Furbies ? This is a complete outrage at best.

Re: As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:16 pm

As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

And no jobs!


Re: As predicted, no Walmart in NYC!

Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:44 am ... -1.4772119

Editorial: Wal-Mart retreats, and the city loses out again

Photo credit: Getty Images

Attention shoppers: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has called an indefinite timeout in its fruitless battle to win the hearts and minds of union-backed politicians and open a store somewhere in New York City.

So for now, the city has three big-time losers: Wal-Mart, America's largest retailer, which is hunting for untapped markets; low-income shoppers, who need all the discount options they can find; and job-seekers, who are desperate for entry-level gigs.

Wal-Mart's efforts in the city began in 2005 with a plan for a Rego Park store. It ultimately came to naught. Same story on the chain's hopes for a Staten Island store. And last fall, the retailer abandoned plans to build a store in East New York after encountering flak.

That store would have added 500 jobs in a borough with a 9.5 percent unemployment rate. It would have boosted discount shopping opportunities in a neighborhood where 36 percent of residents are under the poverty line.

Wal-Mart was "up against tremendous political and community opposition that made it impossible for them to open a store in New York," said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an outspoken opponent of the chain.

Tremendous community opposition? Nah, not really. A 2011 NY 1-Marist poll found that 64 percent of New Yorkers wanted a Walmart in the city and 31 percent didn't.

A union official got closer to the truth when he complained that Wal-Mart's practices "bottom out prices." Right, that's what many people like about it. The real issue is that Wal-Mart is known for its tough anti-union stance. Union leaders don't want it to get a foothold in the city.

For its part, Wal-Mart says New York City residents spent more than $215 million last year by traveling to suburban stores in areas like Valley Stream and White Plains.

The good news: Wal-Mart says it still wants to build a store in the city. The company's best option now is to find a site that doesn't demand sign-offs by elected officials worried about union wrath.

Its presence here would boost the city's tax base -- and the workers and shoppers who need help the most.