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"