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Walmart Loses Again In NYC

Walmart's years-long battle to open in New York City has failed again due to staunch opposition from activists and unions. On Friday the retail giant waved the white flag over their attempt to open in Brooklyn.
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.
East New York, which is close to JFK, is one of Brooklyn's most impoverished neighborhoods. The majority of residents live in public housing.

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