Don't Get Your Hopes Up If You Live In New York City & Really Want A Walmart To Move In

Walmart just has the worst luck at trying to get set up in New York City. The mega-chain recently failed to come to economic terms for what would be its first store in the city, but it is refusing to give up the fight. Opponents of Walmart have been successful so far at keeping it out of the city, however, so that battle is going to be a tough one for biggest of big box stores.

In a statement on its website, Walmart said it remains committed to expanding into New York, reports Bloomberg News. The spot it wanted to occupy is in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Some politicians and labor unions opposed it saying it would hurt local businesses, even while competitors like Target and Costco have a presence in the city.

“It’s a win all around, but it’s more about the win for the community, then a loss for Wal-Mart,” said a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, which had played a role in blocking Walmart by supporting ShopRite’s move to occupy the same site.

Wal-Mart Fails to Agree on Terms for First New York Store [Bloomberg News]

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  1. Torgonius wants an edit button says:

    “Union Local 1500, which had played a role in blocking Walmart by supporting ShopRite’s move to occupy the same site.”

    Gee, I wonder which store uses union labor? So it’s not a win for anyone except the union. The only damn any union gives about any ‘community’ is the dues they get from members.

    • MeowMaximus says:

      While I despise Unions, I hate Walmart more.

    • bluline says:

      I guess the union is afraid of a little competition.

    • Kuri says:

      I suppose you must hate things like paid vacations and health benefits. Guess which company doesn’t offer either and instead tells people how to get government assistance?

      • bluline says:

        The notion that an employer should be responsible for providing health insurance to employees is ridiculous. It started as fringe benefit to help companies attract good employees. Now it’s seen as some sort of god-given right. It’s not. Let employees purchase health insurance on the open market the same way they purchase everything else they buy.

      • MeowMaximus says:

        I admit that the unions once served a purpose, but no more. Now they only exist to line their pockets.

  2. gedster314 says:

    They can have one of mine. We have one Walmart but they are starting construction on 2 more. One of them is two exits down the freeway from the other, less then 3 miles. All 3 are within 7 miles of each other. I want to strangle the city officials that approved these other two stores.

  3. JustJayce says:

    Whoo hoo! Way to improve the quality of life for your union and ensure the masses will never pay less for their staples.

    In reality losing a wal-mart to union cronyism is small change to the loss NYC will eventually feel when it defaults on all those entitlements made to the unions in their government. But that’s just par for the course when you have teachers who can’t teach or are an outright danger to their students but can’t be fired collecting $100K plus in salary and benefits.

  4. crescentcityblues says:

    I live in NYC. I and many others do not want a Wal Mart. We feel it is indicative of the worst things in our society: greed and exploitation. It is in no way a union thing, it’s more an “I like quality” thing.

    • StarKillerX says:

      Here’s a strange concept, if you don’t like what Walmart sells, don’t shop there.

      Now I realize that personaly responsibility goes against Bloomberg’s, and NYS’s, nannyism but maybe you should give it a try.

    • TuxthePenguin says:

      So are you going to decide for the entire city that they want quality things and not cheap things? I’m sure the poor in the city would love for a company to come in and put some downward price pressure on essentials…

    • shepd says:

      So, what you’re saying is there’s no greed an exploitation in New York City without it?

      Or are you saying that if WalMart moves in Saks Fifth Avenue will start selling Great Value branded products?

      • StarKillerX says:

        For some reason the whole “we can’t allow Walmart to build” brings the following quotes to mind:

        Venkman: Or you can accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
        Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
        Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff!
        Venkman: Exactly.
        Stanz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
        Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
        Winston Zeddmore: The dead rising from the grave!
        Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!

    • bluline says:

      Many others? If those many others don’t want a Wal-Mart they certainly don’t have to shop there. But to deny it unilaterally is the antithesis of American capitalism and competition. Let the market decide.

    • Mambru says:

      Greed and explotation in NYC don’t exist at all, thosoe guys in wal street are phenomenal phillantropists.

      I you want to keep paying $5 per gallon of milk go ahead, but don’t assume everyone is on the same boat as you. Also why target = good and wal-mart=bad?

      • shepd says:

        Come to Canada, $5 is typical for milk in even the cheapest places. The few times it goes on sale for $4 a gallon the store has a rush and runs out before the first day of the sale is over.

        Yes, I’m bitter about government regulated milk industries, how could you tell?

  5. JustJayce says:

    So screw the working poor in NYC because you prefer they buy the same bag of chips, by the same manufacturer with the same quality, at ShopRite for more. I fail to follow your logic.

    So many people forget that Wal-Mart’s lower prices ensure better quality of life for the many who shop there.

    • jacobs cows says:

      Much of their crap comes from China.Read all the recalls that shows the Chinese love to add poisons to baby toys and pet food.That the poor dont deserve.

  6. JonBoy470 says:

    NYC fancies itself being hoity-toity. Putting the ixnay on Wallyworld is just part of keeping up the image. Besides, even Brooklyn is getting gentrified these days…