Bloomberg Thinks NYC Should Have a Walmart

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is having a tough time opening its first store in the city. That’s not sitting well with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“A company that sells products that, if they're not here, our citizens go over to New Jersey, out to Nassau County, up to Westchester and into Connecticut to buy at Walmarts there,” Bloomberg said. “I fail to see how we benefit for this.”

The mayor spoke Wednesday morning after Wal-Mart decided to abandon its efforts to open a store in East New York, Brooklyn, on Friday. He said it would have brought much needed jobs to the city.

Union-backed groups and some elected officials had opposed opening a Wal-Mart at that location.

Shop-Rite has reportedly signed an agreement to open a supermarket there instead. The grocery chain uses union labor, unlike Walmart.

A United Food and Commercial Workers Union spokesman says if a ShopRite opens in East New York, it will create 1,300 jobs.

Walmart said it is examining other opportunities across the five boroughs.


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Comments [4]

R Scott from New York/ Manhattan

I moved here from Georgia a few years ago. Having disabilities, I miss shopping at Wal-mart because of the 24 hour service to peacefully shop on a scooter for food, household and just about everything but a house and car. Night shopping is so peaceful, miss it. I would really love to see this store in the city. There are things I would buy as it is hard efor my cousin to bring me items from their store n other cities.Many others are waiting for the store. We are told, one is coming to E. 125th St.

Thanks for listening.

Glad we now have Deals, as it stems from the Dollar tree, more American shopping. I use to travel t Woodside. The dollar stores before Deals as I can relate to more of the products and there are more products to fit m needs.

Sep. 21 2012 12:19 AM
A guy from MN from MN

I live in St. Cloud MN, and someone I follow from the NYC area tweeted this story. I hope NYC never gets a Walmart. My city (population 60,000+)is about to open a second Walmart. I can count on both hands the amount of times I have shopped at Walmart in my 36 years of life. We have too many tight wads, and college students in this area to have a successful boycott of Walmart.
I only hope that NYC continues their stand of not opening a Walmart.

Sep. 20 2012 11:14 AM
Mike from Brooklyn

He has a strange fascination with low-wage jobs. Witness the staggering subsidies given to Fresh Direct.

I could understand if these were low-wage manufacturing operations that were bringing new jobs to the city, but Wal Mart and Fresh Direct simply divert customers away from better-paying supermarkets.

Sep. 19 2012 06:50 PM

WalMart is a horrible organization and should be banned. Horrible wages and worse treatment of their staff. I have NEVER shopped nor will I ever shop at a store that supports foreign sources rather than our own.

Enjoy selling your souls for the almighty dollars!

Sep. 19 2012 06:45 PM

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