The latest battle over Walmart began a few months ago, when the world’s largest retailer began its third push to breach the five boroughs with one of its big box stores. Since then, politicians, businessmen, labor unions, developers and activists have taken sides and begun launching attacks on each other.
But what of the Walmart shoppers in our midsts?
The Times took a trip to Seacaucus recently to, uh, caucus shoppers at a Walmart there who had driven in from the city to shop. In an admittedly unscientific survey, the paper asked a dozen such shoppers whether or not they would welcome a Walmart in the five boroughs, and the answer was a somewhat surprising “no” from half of them.
“I don’t believe Wal-Mart should be in the city,” [Shawneequa] Clark, 29, said. “All the local mom-and-pop stores would lose business. And it’s already congested. I mean, can you just imagine?”
“I’m not opposed to it in out-of-the-way places, but in the middle of the city, it’s tough,” [Vinny] Nicosia said. “It kills the neighborhood shops. I grew up in the neighborhood shops, and I don’t want them to go away.”
Funny that. If Mr. Nicosia only spent his time shopping at the mom-and-pops more and not driving all the way out to Seacaucus, maybe Walmart wouldn’t even bother.