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Jan302011

New Walmart Stores Face Opposition in Several Large Cities

Photo Courtesy - ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Retail giant Walmart has stores all across the country that provide large grocery stores in many markets where few alternatives exist. Now, the superstore chain is trying to move into the nation's biggest markets, where hordes of competition already exist.

In New York City, Walmart has clashed with the City Council, and the company now plans to take its fight to the airwaves by launching radio attack ads, according to a report by the New York Daily News. The paper says Walmart will also be sending mailers to homes that read, "You don't ask the special interests or the political insiders for permission to use the bathroom. So why should they decide where you're allowed to shop?"

The New York City Council, expected to hold another hearing to address the Walmart issue on Thursday, has claimed that the company does not pay workers enough, discriminates against women and gays, and hurts locally-run businesses.

In San Diego, Walmart faces similar opposition. The company announced plans this past week to build 12 new stores in the area, while on Tuesday the city council will consider repealing an ordinance that requires economic impact reports from developers of megastores. Unions had initially voted against allowing stores to be built in the area, but Walmart submitted a petition with over 50,000 signatures to force a special vote.

In larger markets like New York and San Diego, Walmart says it does not intend to build large stores, but rather a smaller version of its brand. In addition to the Supercenters that have replaced grocery stores in many communities, the company has also launched Walmart Neighborhood Market stores, which are about 80 percent smaller than their larger predecessors.

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