Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cockblockin' Wal-Mart

Say No to Wal-Mart!!!
Originally uploaded by djkibblesnbits.
In a sign that not ALL is lost in this crazy world of today, a real estate developer in NYC dropped plans to open up NYC's first Wal-Mart in Queens. Apparently, so many people protested and sent letters of the "strongly worded" kind (Read: "I will fucking kill all of you cracker muthafuckas if you fucking decide to bring that fucking Wal-Shit here.") that the developer was forced to rethink its plans. After it looked imminent that NYC was about to get occupied by the great Empire of Caca, this news comes as a great boon to my confidence that NYC will, at least for a little while, remain one of the last great bastions of intelligent life left in the US.

Wal-Mart has had such a hard-on with trying to enter the New York market...but what it refuses to understand is that New Yorkers do not want Wal-Mart. We love being able to find our own god damn low prices. We love shopping in places that set trends, not follow them three years later. We love buying things that are outside the mainstream. And, most importantly, we love our own god damn local supermarkets, bodegas, and grocery stores, which all add to what makes NYC such a cool place to live in. The only people who want a Wal-Mart in NYC are the bastards that live out in Long Island that could already spare the 25 mins to drive to Wal-Mart in the suburbs, where it needs to stay. Some people outside of New York can't comprehend life without Wal-Mart, but trust me when I say that everything is peachy without it. My cousin, Raul, for example, who's currently a slave for the Empire (Read: Employee) doesn't understand why we wouldn't want a Wal-Mart. "Don't you guys like saving money? Don't you guys like getting things in bulk?" First of all, let's break the "Already Low Prices" myth. In a city as expensive as New York, we find that most of the time, prices, with particular reference to groceries, are lower at some of our smaller supermarkets than in Wal-Mart. Some can be like, well, if you show Wal-Mart the circular from your local supermarket, they'll lower prices to meet that price. But, for all that, you might as well just stay within the confines of your local supermarket. As for the bulk thing, think about this for a second: how much space do you think people really have in NYC apartments? We certainly ain't going to store 15 gallons of ketchup in our closets. We don't have the luxury of having room for two refrigerators, garages, and walk-in pantries. So, we buy less and more often. (It's not like London, either, where most people do their grocery shopping every day; we don't have space restrictions that are THAT bad, lol.)

So, with all that said, Wal-Mart needs to give up on trying to conquer NYC. New Yorkers are fiercely loyal on maintaining their way of life. The last thing New York needs is a lifestyle of that similar to the suburbs. And who the fuck wants that, save for the peanutheads on Staten Island? You want suburbs, move. But keep New York metropolitan. I've seen what Wal-Mart can do to places. It's called, "Syracuse." 

Read the New York Times article that goes into more detail about the developer that pulled out the Wal-Mart deal. "Developer Drops Plan for City's First Wal-Mart"


Blogger Freebird said...

They are pretty tacky, but then again I live in Houston, the billboard capitol of the world. Everything is tacky and you're never too far from a Walmart.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll give two big reasons why Walmart may never get a foot-hold in New York, unions and the Mafia. Walmart wants to pay their employees a lot less than what NYers are used to getting, and they don't allow unions in their stores. NY is a very strong union state. Aint gonna happen.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Yay for you! I hate Wal-Mart will never go to one. I cannot live in a city that needs Wal-Mart...if I am ever in that city. I need to move!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Blech Wal-Mart! :o/ I'd rather pay the few extra cents at Target than step foot in Wal-Mart.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Ivy said...

I've never been to wal-mart. hahaha. I've always relied on Chinatown and Koreantown. You can't get good ol' Asian imports in wal-mart. Hahaha. There are wal-marts near my place anyways. :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger Ivy said...

uh... i meant no walmarts.. ahaha

4:36 PM  

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