Walmart won’t open on Belt Parkway

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Don’t miss our updates: is reporting that Walmart is not coming to planned Gateway II shopping center off the Belt Parkway.

The controversial retail giant was long-rumored to be planning to place it’s first store in New York City in Southern Brooklyn, but issued a statement today saying that’s not going to happen.

“We were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York,” said Walmart spokesman Steve Restivo.

Brooklynites long-believed that retail giant was destined for the shopping plaza planned to be built near the former Spring Creek Landfill near the boarder with Queens — especially since the Bentonville Behmouth began showering several southern Brooklyn non-profit organizations with donations, and joined the fight to clean up Jamaica Bay, which is less than a mile from where Gateway II will be built.

Here’s the full press release which got our hands on late on Friday.

“Walmart today announced that we were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York. We remain committed to bringing new economic development and shopping options to New York City, especially in the neighborhoods that need them most. Two things remain constant: most New Yorkers want us here and we remain interested in providing more convenient access to Walmart for local residents. We appreciate all our supporters – the Mayor’s office, Borough President Markowitz, Reverend Youngblood and countless others in and outside East New York – who helped us strengthen local relationships and build bridges with the community. In addition to providing good jobs and affordable groceries, residents want a retailer in Brooklyn that would hire and buy local, and look to make a positive economic impact by hosting job fairs, workforce development initiatives and supplier summits. Walmart will continue to evaluate local opportunities across all five boroughs.”

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Updated 5:49 pm, September 14, 2012
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Or from Yellow Hook says:
Pffft - we don't need the jobs in Brooklyn, we have full employment.
Sept. 15, 2012, 7:10 am
WantsWalmart from Flatbush says:
We don't need the low prices either. Let's just give Long Island the tax dollars when we shop at Walmart on the Island, or better yet, take our business to New Jersey!
Sept. 15, 2012, 1:55 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am glad that Walmart won't be coming to NYC. People want real paying jobs, not minimum wage jobs. Many of their products are made in Far East Asia anyway by child labor rather than right here. I suggest that anyone who still believes that Walmart is good should see the film, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices, for the real story. They just can't hide behind the smiley face any longer.
Sept. 16, 2012, 4:09 pm
Rufus Leaking from Around says:
What's the difference between children in Far East Asia and East New York?

The children in Far East Asia have jobs!
Sept. 16, 2012, 5:20 pm
Resident from PPW says:
To bad Walmart is not moving to Brooklyn/New York City. I would rather spend my money and tax dollars within the confines of the five boroughs than hand it over to New Jersey or Long Island.
Sept. 17, 2012, 5:07 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Remember when Manhattan had cable TV, and the more populous borough of Brooklyn did not?

Because the politicians were getting regular bribes. If you actually got the cable TV in Brooklyn, the bribes would stop. So every year we were told 'we are closer than ever.'

One day Cable TV arrived. No more bribes!

Wal Mart is being put through the same thing. Christine Quinn, soon to be annointed the new Mayor for Life of NYC, has said she has never been in a Wal Mart, but won't allow one in NYC. That is prejudging by any standards. Yet her ignorance is applauded.

Keep shaking down Wal Mart, they've got deep pockets.

And all those kids who will never get a minimum wage starter job - they should be satisfied with food stamps.
Sept. 17, 2012, 7:21 am
ty from pps says:
Wait... you need to go somewhere *personally* to know about it? Are you this small minded, Or? I've never actually met a Somali pirate, so I'm going to reserve judgment. They could be fine gentlemen.
Sept. 17, 2012, 9:15 am
Dave from Brooklyn says:
I hate Walmart. Glad it's not coming here.
Sept. 17, 2012, 10:34 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
For every person who hates Wal-Mart (often for dumb reasons), 1,000 seem to like it--enough to keep them in business for 50 years.

And those low paying jobs? Slavery was abolished in the 19th century; no one is forced to work there. If you can make more money doing the same thing at K Mart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, etc., then be my guest.

Freedom of choice in this city has been disappearing for decades. Expect people to go elsewhere for what they want and need, even if it means the city looses out. What will be left is a police state where everyone will be assigned ration coupons.
Sept. 17, 2012, 1:05 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Look up "Prejudice".

Ask the librarian to help you with the big words.
Sept. 17, 2012, 2:59 pm
K. from ArKady says:
You've already got Walmarts; they're called dollar stores. Do you really like them? Have you lost the will to live?
Sept. 17, 2012, 8:52 pm
Or from Yellow Hook says:
Dollar Stores are Five and Ten's adjusted for inflation.

See what $13 million dollars in cash bought in 1913 - the Woolworth building.
Sept. 18, 2012, 7:59 am
Prospect Heights Resident from Prospect Heights says:
Thank you, Mike from Bay Ridge. The other retailers are not paying any better than Wal-Mart, yet no one seems to mind these (and this doesn't even get into the benefits that the company provides). With unemployment so high in these neighborhoods and real relief not in the near or long-term future, you would think that people would be supportive of the prospects for any job, be they minimum wage jobs or not. The dignity of work (not to mention the paycheck) is severely needed in these areas. There is a significant need for Wal-Mart, and it is a shame that the chain will not be opening in Brooklyn at this time. When Wal-Mart does come to Brooklyn, you better believe that I will be among the first and most loyal customers!
Sept. 19, 2012, 4:16 pm
Nee Nee from ENY Brooklyn says:
I am very sorry that Walmart is not coming to Brooklyn. I live in ENY and was very much looking forward to Walmart in my neighborhood. I shop at Walmart in other places, NJ, PA, and in the South. It is always a pleasure shopping there. Now they talk about jobs, we need Walmart in our area and jobs will come with it. I will never stop shopping at Walmart, it would have been wonderful if I am able to shop in my neighborhood. Please don't give up on NYC especially Brooklyn.
Oct. 18, 2012, 12:01 pm

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