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Manhattan, NY - Standing Room Only Outside Walmart Hearing

Published on: February 3, 2011 09:52 PM
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Manhattan, NY - Shouts of “Yes to Walmart” on one side of the street were answered by shouts of “No to Walmart” from the other.

It was a noisy scene on Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan with opposing sign-waving groups shouting across the street at each other, a major police presence and a long, long line of people attempting to get in to the Walmart hearing at the Emigrant Savings Bank building.

The hearing was the much-publicized joint City Council committee hearing on the potential economic impacts if Walmart opens stores in the city.

A majority of those this reporter spoke with in line were in favor of Walmart coming to Brooklyn. “It means cheap prices and more jobs for us,” one couple from Brooklyn said. “Walmart’s good for struggling families like us. We want Walmart here.”

Another, a woman from Manhattan, said “Why be concerned about Walmart? Why now? The council has been allowing big chain stores in the city forever. In my neighborhood, there’s a Duane Reade on every corner. How has that been good for the small drug stores?”

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City council members voiced their criticism at a hearing Thursday, saying the retailer can do more harm than good.

“No other company has the revenue, power and size to move the market the way it does,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

“No matter what Wal-Mart propaganda propaganda says, they are nota company that is good for New York City,” Quinn said.

Wal-Mart has led an aggressive PR campaign marketing itself as a cure for some what Restivo described as the city’s most “underserved areas in terms of jobs and access to affordable food.” He declined to give specifics about what areas the company was considering for sites, or how many stores it hoped to build.
As was reported here on Vos Iz Neias, Walmart officials declined to participate.


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 Feb 03, 2011 at 10:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Why can we have best buy/target/sears toys r us etc but wallmart is a problem?

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 Feb 03, 2011 at 10:49 PM sasregener Says:

why is target allowed to open stores all over ny and not walmart? it makes no sense

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 Feb 03, 2011 at 11:49 PM OyGevald Says:

Reply to #2  
sasregener Says:

why is target allowed to open stores all over ny and not walmart? it makes no sense

The only difference between WalMart and all the other chains allowed to do business in NYC is "UNIONS". Plain and simple, the Unions have been keeping them out. WalMart has consistently stated that they keep their prices low because they don't allow union workers etc.
GO WAL-MART!

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 12:21 AM charliehall Says:

If Wal-Mart can find a location with the appropriate zoning and infrastructure, they should be permitted to build. To do so they will probably have to accept a much smaller store than they are used to building.

There is quite a bit of hypocracy going around. I was told that there was a rally today to try to convince the city to stop the Park51 Center but at the same time oppose the efforts by some to stop Wal-Mart. In other words, they wanted to approve only politically correct businesses. I find that really scary.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 12:27 AM Anonymous Says:

monsey is doing just fine with wallmart

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 12:28 AM sam46th Says:

I don't see why Walmart can't sue the city for descrimination. You can't alow certain mega stores and this one not.
Personaly I think people spend more in Walmart because its so cheap.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 12:41 AM Anonymous Says:

Smartest move was that Walmart didn't attend. They don't have to be kicked around by people who never themselves held a REAL job instead of people on the public dole. They should take it to the courts if they can't get approval. Shame on those politicians.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 01:31 AM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Reply to #4  
charliehall Says:

If Wal-Mart can find a location with the appropriate zoning and infrastructure, they should be permitted to build. To do so they will probably have to accept a much smaller store than they are used to building.

There is quite a bit of hypocracy going around. I was told that there was a rally today to try to convince the city to stop the Park51 Center but at the same time oppose the efforts by some to stop Wal-Mart. In other words, they wanted to approve only politically correct businesses. I find that really scary.

Charlie it is so refreshing to finally see a card-carrying liberal refer to political correctness as "scary."

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 03:50 AM ALLAN Says:

Walmart ....Like them, hate them, love them whatever. What has happened to the concept of free enterprise?

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 08:22 AM CampRunamok Says:

I fail to see what all the hubbub is regarding WMT. I have been to several stores in different locations and, to a one:

The quality of merchandise is uniformly poor,
The store infrastructure looks cheap, flimsy and filthy,
The personnel, while friendly and trying to be helpful, are usually not the brightest candles on the menorah
The prices for food items, while lower than the local supermarkets, get beaten handily by BJs or Costco. And, in my hometown at least, Costco has a pretty decent offering of kosher items.

Let them come already. Any adverse impacts on smaller Mom-and-Pop operations have probably already occurred thanks to the other "Big Box" operations already in place in the NYC area.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 09:19 AM RamapoJew Says:

I love it - NY votes Democrat they get what they deserve. High taxes, overpaid union and government workers who's jobs could be done by the private sector cheaper and better. Let them suffer without Walmart. Walmart brings low prices to families and businesses across this country because they are not saddled with lazy good for nothing union employees. As far as I am concerned if you live in NYC you are responsible for the status quo. You deserve to pay more for your toothpaste, toiletries and household goods. Here in the northern suburbs we love walmart.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
RamapoJew Says:

I love it - NY votes Democrat they get what they deserve. High taxes, overpaid union and government workers who's jobs could be done by the private sector cheaper and better. Let them suffer without Walmart. Walmart brings low prices to families and businesses across this country because they are not saddled with lazy good for nothing union employees. As far as I am concerned if you live in NYC you are responsible for the status quo. You deserve to pay more for your toothpaste, toiletries and household goods. Here in the northern suburbs we love walmart.

Bloomberg is no democrat. NYC voted aristocrat autocrat, therein lies one of the biggest problems. The problem with Walmart, unlike some of the other big chain stores, is the horrendous treatment of their employees. Unions, or no unions, employees need to earn enough money to eat and have a roof over their heads.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 10:35 AM The Professor Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Bloomberg is no democrat. NYC voted aristocrat autocrat, therein lies one of the biggest problems. The problem with Walmart, unlike some of the other big chain stores, is the horrendous treatment of their employees. Unions, or no unions, employees need to earn enough money to eat and have a roof over their heads.

Walmart is running a business, not a gemach. In NYC, there are other employment opportunities for a worker if (s)he is unhappy with Walmart's compensation package. There is, of course, the opportunity to do well in one's initial position and move up the ladder, which involves more compensation and more responsibility. The issue is really whether said employee wants to accept the responsibility....

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
The Professor Says:

Walmart is running a business, not a gemach. In NYC, there are other employment opportunities for a worker if (s)he is unhappy with Walmart's compensation package. There is, of course, the opportunity to do well in one's initial position and move up the ladder, which involves more compensation and more responsibility. The issue is really whether said employee wants to accept the responsibility....

Responsibility runs both ways.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 04:08 PM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

To quote governor Chris Christie to Rita Wilson, the teacher who believed she is underpaid at $86k .... "“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.”

You don't have to work there if you don't want to...and you don't have to shop there if you don't want to. And I guarantee that if enough people decide not to shop at the NYC Walmart, then it will close. But I say, let's give it a try.

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 Feb 04, 2011 at 04:10 PM mytake Says:

Reply to #4  
charliehall Says:

If Wal-Mart can find a location with the appropriate zoning and infrastructure, they should be permitted to build. To do so they will probably have to accept a much smaller store than they are used to building.

There is quite a bit of hypocracy going around. I was told that there was a rally today to try to convince the city to stop the Park51 Center but at the same time oppose the efforts by some to stop Wal-Mart. In other words, they wanted to approve only politically correct businesses. I find that really scary.

It's amazing to see how we all twist things to suit our worldview/opinions.

Charlie, why isn't it SCARY that Park51 building permit and process sailed so smoothly through city channels, but Wal-Mart is being blockaded? Or better, why is an existing church that is in the same vicinity as Park51, that was damaged by the planes of 9-11, not given the permission to rebuild - whereas Park51, a controversial building was A-okayed?

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