Is Wal-Mart Trying to Sweet Talk Their Way into a Queens Location?

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown.


By Paul Bisceglio

 

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The big-box chain has been working to establish its first New York City branch in ’s for over a year, and now the Daily News reports that Wal-Mart might also be looking to set up shop at , the industrial neighborhood across from in .

The Daily News cited two unnamed elected officials who claimed that the company is lobbying behind the scenes for a spot in Willets West, an enclosed retail and entertainment complex planned for the blighted section of town as part of a larger scale urban renewal project.

“They were looking at Willets Point as a possibility for a new site in New York,” said one elected official. The other confirmed that the Wal-Mart had been courting support.

Wal-Mart itself has kept silent about any prospective plans, and a spokesperson for the Willet West’s co-developers, and , told the Daily News that they do not “anticipate” housing any large-scale stores in the complex. The also tweeted at Fox News that the report is “absolutely without merit.”

Most politicians are opposed to the idea of bringing the enormous chain — and its highly scrutinized labor practices — to the city, said the Daily News.

But Wal-Mart spokesperson argued that Wal-Mart “can be part of the solution for folks who want a job or need more affordable grocery options close to where they live or work.” He refused to comment on the prospective Queens branch, and told the Daily News, “We don’t have any announced projects in the city, but continue to evaluate opportunities all across the five boroughs.”

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