There's a Target up in Harlem and on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. And there's an IKEA in Red Hook. And a K-Mart on Astor Place in the Village. But, somehow, New York City has maintained an immunity to the nation's largest employer, clocking in at 1.2 million employees, Walmart.
Plans were in the work since 2005 to bring a Walmart to East New York against opposition from people who presumably read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. The group, Walmart Free NYC, protested the Gateway II project - a development in the neighborhood - arguing that Walmart undervalued their workers and would only have a negative impact on the community.
Well, today, those concerns were met when Walmart announced
it was ditching the plan and getting the hell out away from the Five Boroughs. The mega-retailer was unable to negotiate with the local Big Labor groups; and, notorious for its bad labor PR, this was the nail in the coffin.
Hooray for popular unrest against the corporate giant! You've done well, Brooklyn... for the time being.