There’s a big debate right now about whether or not Walmart should come to NYC. The mega-retailer has been turned down twice — once in Queens, then in Staten Island — now is trying again, this time in Brooklyn. There is strong community opposition, enough so that the NY City Council is scheduled to hold hearings soon on what’s being called The Battle Over Walmart.
- Walmart says it will bring jobs and boost the economy. Local businesses say they will be put out of business.
- Walmart is non-union in a union town. But, then, Target and Costco are non-union, and they have opened in NYC — after similar opposition — including in the huge new mall in West Harlem. And there’s a big box Ikea in Brooklyn, too.
There’s enough at stake that Walmart has launched a massive advertising and social media effort on Facebook and Twitter to gain public approval. Visit the Walmart NYC website and let them know what you think. Let the City Council know what you think. And let me know, too — let’s get a debate going here on NYC on the Cheap. What do I think? I love bargains. Why else would I be writing this website? But, I’m also the daughter of two parents who worked in, and then owned, small, local, neighborhood retail shops in Manhattan and Bronx — the very kind that are often driven out of business by the likes of Walmart, Staples, Target, Ikea, Costco and even Walgreen’s and CVS. So I’m torn. Honestly. Torn.