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Walmart Sets Its Sights on Willets Point Locale, Report Says

Vote in Patch's poll on whether you believe the big box store should open a site in Queens.

Walmart is reportedly eyeing a site in the Willets Point redevelopment near Citi Field to construct a mega store, the Daily News reports.

Elected officials – including state Sen. Toby Stavisky, D-Flushing - have mostly blasted the decision to build a Walmart store in Queens due to the retailer’s past labor practices and Brooklyn leaders have similarly to East New York and other sites in that borough.

But Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, told the News that Walmart could be a welcome addition to Queens because it offers below-retail prices.

Patch wants to know: Do you think Queens needs a Walmart? Cast your vote in our poll and post your comment in the section provided below.

max August 04, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Yes. People leave the city to shop at a Walmart. We loose the tax revenue and the jobs. The unions always fight against a Walmart in the city but their members are some of the best customers for Walmart. The politicians are just pandering to the unions from where their financial support derives.
Harriet Brown August 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The jobs are disgraceful. They practice discrimination. Heaven help any employee who has any kind of union activity. They don't sell anything made in the USA. They ruin small business, wherever they go. Keep them OUT of New York City.
holly August 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Oh, whatever, Target is already here and nobody is crying about that. Give me a break. And look at where the stuff sold in Target, or most any store, is made?!
Harriet Brown August 05, 2012 at 07:28 PM
So, we have Target. Does this mean that we need Walmart too? I don't think so.
holly August 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Many people in Queens are struggling paycheck to paycheck and can simply not afford such outrageous prices as 4.00 for a box of cereal, seeing as wages have not increased for a very long time. It's all well and good to shop local, but for many people, getting even everyday necessities at reasonable prices is a struggle.

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