Walmart has declined to partipate in the City Council hearings regarding their possible expansion into the five boroughs, but that doesn’t not mean they are absenting themselves from the proceedings entirely.
A Walmart rep passed along the following “fact sheet” from the store’s corporate offices which will be distributed today to members of the media.
The flyer points out that New Yorkers are already spending close to $200 million at Walmart stores outside New York City and that a majority of New Yorkers say they favor the big box retailer coming to the city. And the flyer contains some ominous numbers about the city’s unemployment rate and obesity epidemic, both of which Walmart implicity suggests they would help lower.
Today’s Council hearing is again expected to be a very one-sided affair, with anti-Walmart folks busing in former store employees to testify to their ill-treatment while working there.