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The Tally Ho

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Walmart Fails to invade New York

Wal-Mart had their eye on property in Rego Park, Queens. The neighborhood groups didn't buy the snake oil that Wal-Mart sells
A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the company was still exploring other sites in the city, but the possibility that the company would open a 132,000-square-foot store in Queens had immediately stirred a storm of opposition by neighborhood, labor and environmental groups as well as small businesses. Wal-Mart also faced opposition from many City Council members and several members of Congress.

Labor unions fought Wal-Mart with a special intensity because they believe its wage levels and benefits are pulling down standards for workers through the United States...

...Small-business advocates declared victory after the decision was made public, but predicted that the battle would resume in other neighborhoods. "Vornado saw the writing on the wall and responded the way a developer needs to when he knows he's holding a losing hand," said Richard Lipsky, a spokesman for the Neighborhood Retail Alliance, an anti-Wal-Mart coalition in New York. "We stopped Wal-Mart this time, but they are going to continue their efforts to open in New York and we will be sure to meet that with significant opposition wherever else they try to locate."

The article has some quotes from residents about Wal-Mart's sales or variety, but apparently are not that aware of what Wal-Mart is and their business practices. Watch the PBS Frontline special on Wal-Mart. As posted in an article below from CNN Money
a study released last February by Rep. George Miller that concluded taxpayers pay about $421,000 a year for every Wal-Mart store with 200 employees.

Congrats to NYC for winning this one. But Wal-Mart will eventually invade and we will pay for it.


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