Dear New York City special interests: if it wasn’t already abundantly clear your message was falling on deaf ears, your recent choice of trombones over facts should serve as your final wake-up call that your efforts to keep Walmart out of the city are waning.
Walmart CEO Mike Duke, however, is keeping the focus on consumers and families who desperately want more affordable shopping opportunities in the five boroughs.
As Mr. Duke recently pointed out, consumers are feeling the burden of ever-rising prices at the gas pump and are looking more than ever for the best possible prices on food and everyday items. He noted that, given the difficult economy, consumers face “more pressure today than a year ago” in terms of belt-tightening, and Walmart is looking to “widen the gap of savings” for families who shop at Walmart.
Considering that New York City residents spent $195 million at Walmart stores outside of the five boroughs last year, it seems logical for a store to open inside the city. While a few “musical” special interest groups continue to ignore true voter sentiment and stand between New Yorkers and lower prices, Walmart continues to focus on opportunities to provide fresh food and affordable goods for residents of the city.