Walmart’s best opportunity for a Brooklyn location is still the soon-to-be-built Gateway II development. But one lawmaker said he’s got the developer’s word that Walmart won’t be considered.

City Councilman Charles Barron, whose district covers the proposed Gateway II shopping center, said he extracted a promise during the site’s approval process that Related Cos. – the developer – wouldn’t accept Walmart as an anchor tenant.

“I had to accept Related’s verbal commitment,” Barron told NY Post. “If they want to go against their word, they’re going to have to deal with city officials in other projects who will see them as a company that cannot be trusted.”

Related’s Gateway II shopping center has already won zoning approval, clearing the way for Walmart and other big box stores to move in without having to get permission from city officials. It’s currently the only Brooklyn development large enough to accommodate a Walmart that wouldn’t need to convince lawmakers that the big box store would be a positive force in the neighborhood.

But the verbal agreement hasn’t settled matters. Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke at an anti-Walmart rally last Wednesday, criticizing the nation’s largest retail for its low wages and benefits, and its treatment of female employees. She called the company’s effort to improve corporate practices as “little more than window dressing,” the Post reports.

Walmart issued a written statement saying, “While we still do not have a project to announce anywhere within the five boroughs, we know that New Yorkers want to shop and work at Wal-Mart.”

Meanwhile, officials of the United Food & Commercial Workers union are trying to persuade Related Cos. to consider alternatives to Walmart, including a supermarket, Century 21 and J.C. Penny.

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  • Noname

    I love shopping at Walmart. Prices are great, it's always fresh and employees are extremely nice and helpful unlike other supermarkets like Pathmark. No one even want to speak to you there.

  • Guest

    I don't understand why people are so against having a walmart in brooklyn. Its ridiculous! During an interview people will be notified of their wages and if the amount is unacceptable to them they will decline the job offer. I'm sure that they don't pay less then minimum, or less than McDonalds for that matter. You know, when I was in my late teens I worked for Pathmark (old Rite aid), got paid minimum wage, and received no benefits! How come no one wanted to shut them down.
    A Walmart will offer many local people a jobs. It just amazes me why so many are against it.

  • Supafly10579

    I would really like a Walmart there too! Why can't we have these nice stores like people in Long Island or Jersey!

  • Abdul Hamud Muhammed

    What is wrong with walmart. Lte the people decide where to shop. Some people would shop and some people will shop in walmart. But, people should have a freedom of CHOICE.
    Also, why is RELATED Com getting all these money making developments ( ohh, forgot that bloomberg is best friends with related…)
    I know of at least 14 companies who would love to get the deal to develop the site.

  • walmart come come come come

    Guess, walmart didnt give any “donations” to the politicians…
    Let Walmart come here and let the PEOPLE decide where to shop.
    Some items, i would buy in walmart ( you could buy a camera or a computer and return it with in 90 days to NO PROBLEMS ). you buy a camera in best buy or other stores and you get a 25% restocking fee or something. Let Walmart build here and if people will not shop in walmart, they will close. But, give people the choice.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    The politicians don't WANT Walmart's money. Even they here have limits to their sleaziness.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    You sure about that? I'm sure they'd love Walmart's money, but taking it would mean giving up the union's money. And the union's money also means the union's endorsements. Which means the union's votes…. Until they start selling voting machines (made in China, ballot slips made from the finest cadmium), Walmart's only got money…

  • Eitan

    Yes, I believe Ned has got it. The politicians are against Walmart, and much of the public is obediently parroting that view, mainly because Walmart would out-compete the interests who support the politicians now.

    I personally am not against great selection and low prices. And if people feel strongly against workers earning low wages, then they should petition Congress to raise the minimum wage, petition the prospective employees to go back to school, and then petition every other of the tens of thousands of work places around here that pay low wages to stop doing that.

    The anti-Walmart cacaphony seems so transparent to me.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    “The politicians are against Walmart, and much of the public is obediently parroting that view”

    Don't go putting words in my mouth, buddy. While I have no position about whether or not Walmart should be allowed to move here, there are many more objections to Walmart's business practices than just the wages and employment practices the pols and unions are throwing around. Their position as the nation's largest retailer gives them a lot of sway in how things are made and where they're made, and there's a believable argument that it's been to the detriment of the consumer, the nation, and our workforce.

    Personally, shopping at Walmart is the ultimate example of “penny-wise, pound-foolish” on a global scale. BUT – I don't know if I'd go about imposing my views on anyone else…

  • Eitan

    Didnt think I was putting words in your mouth, only agreeing with the reason as to why some politicians would be against Walmart.

  • guest

    People are funny, like when buying their computer, phones, tvs, dvd, furniture, toys, etc., where is it that they think it came from?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    They have a lot more money than the unions do these days. But union members do vote. And they work campaigns as well.

    Walmart set up a division to facilitate the introductions of Wal-Marts into areas where there is resistance. Guess where there set this one up.

  • Jeanette

    Personally, I am waiting for the store to open that sells products made in the USA. Even Macy's has nothing made here.

  • Rage

    I think many people hate Walmart the corporation is because they don't succumb to union threats. I understand how unions want to protect its members but a lot of times, their demands are a little outrageous and detrimental to the employers. The best example is the American auto industry.

    Another example is a company i used to work. They hired union workers for non corporate management roles. Many of them were hard working and performed well. But there were also some that were flat out lazy, slacks off and even slept on the job that didn't get more than a slap on the wrist simply because the employer didn't want to piss off the union. Those workers were making anywhere from 40-75k a year.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    You're right unions are terrible. How dare worker demand such extravagances as a livable wage and benefits from a company whose owners are the richest people in America. their combined wealth is in excess of 200 billion dollars.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    You can thank Walmart for that. They literally forced their suppliers to move their manufacturing out of the US. And those who refused they went after with a vengeance, going as far as trying to put them out of business by aiding a competitor financially who would undercut his wholesale prices well below that which the penalized company could charge.

    In order to compete with Walmart other companies have to follow the same low life practices. At any rate, they have chased the majority of manufacturing out of the US. We don't much choice anymore.

    And the goods are poorly made, compared to what was made when American companies, with UNIONIZED American workers made what we bought. In those days we supplied the rest of the world with finished goods.

  • walmart come come come come

    Let the people select where to shop. Let walmart ( WHO PAYS the sales tax to the state ) all those Chinese restaurants charge YOU the sales tax that never makes it to the state.

  • http://twitter.com/dirtbombsfan1 dirtbombsfan1

    I would happily accept a WalMart job, knowing my benefits and wages before accepting the position. There's a statistic saying that young people between 16-25 have the highest unemployment rate right now. That's the perfect age group for WalMart employees.
    And yeah, going to Jersey every two weeks to buy my groceries is getting old, even though my grocery bill is cut almost in half. Might as well have one in my back yard.
    Maybe it's because I come from a non-union state in a suburb with three (three) WalMarts in an area smaller than Brooklyn, but I see no reason to complain. Businesses are still thriving after they put in the Atlantic shopping center. And the one out of the Belt Parkway with the Target and Home Depot. And that big fat Ikea in Red Hook. WalMart would not be the end of New York City.

  • Cobalt420

    I wouldnt mind a walmart there although it seems redundant with a Target , BJs etc there.

    That being said i'm afraid that any walmart put in that area would end up being terrible. One just has to look at the BJ's as an example… the customers treat the store like crap. Its dirty, crowded, and theres always packages of food opened and left on the floor. Its a horrible experience and we don't go there unless we have to. If it ended up being a walmart like the one near valley stream I'd rather they not even bother. The Target over there isnt that bad actually.. so who knows…

    Come to think of it.. I have to wonder.. why is Walmart so bad but nobody raised a fuss over the Target?

  • here to share

    Wlamart let people work. If people dont like it, find a different job. Some of the people working in walmart are the most retarded humans on the planet and are lucky that walmart hired them. If they dont like the wage, find a different company to work for. Why should the govt tell a private business how much to pay the workers? raise the minimum wage or something. But, walmrt does not owe the peole higher wages and medical insurance and etc

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Could it be because Target has been sued by both employees and the NLRB for unfair employment practices. Could it be because Wal-Mart's business practices have resulted in the loss of numerous American manufacturing jobs?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Someday, there will only be Walmart. And they shall charge whatever they wish. Why, because a lot of people were stupid enough not to get what Walmart is about.
    Is many place they are the only choice, all the competition is gone. How did they do this? Simple, they have the financial means to cut prices until the competition has had enough. Why do you think Sears and K-Mart had to merge?

  • Cobalt420

    I wouldnt mind a walmart there although it seems redundant with a Target , BJs etc there.

    That being said i'm afraid that any walmart put in that area would end up being terrible. One just has to look at the BJ's as an example… the customers treat the store like crap. Its dirty, crowded, and theres always packages of food opened and left on the floor. Its a horrible experience and we don't go there unless we have to. If it ended up being a walmart like the one near valley stream I'd rather they not even bother. The Target over there isnt that bad actually.. so who knows…

    Come to think of it.. I have to wonder.. why is Walmart so bad but nobody raised a fuss over the Target?

  • here to share

    Wlamart let people work. If people dont like it, find a different job. Some of the people working in walmart are the most retarded humans on the planet and are lucky that walmart hired them. If they dont like the wage, find a different company to work for. Why should the govt tell a private business how much to pay the workers? raise the minimum wage or something. But, walmrt does not owe the peole higher wages and medical insurance and etc

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Could it be because Target has been sued by both employees and the NLRB for unfair employment practices. Could it be because Wal-Mart's business practices have resulted in the loss of numerous American manufacturing jobs?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Someday, there will only be Walmart. And they shall charge whatever they wish. Why, because a lot of people were stupid enough not to get what Walmart is about.
    Is many place they are the only choice, all the competition is gone. How did they do this? Simple, they have the financial means to cut prices until the competition has had enough. Why do you think Sears and K-Mart had to merge?

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