NEW YORK - Start spreading the news, Walmart wants to be a part of it -- New York, N.Y. Though the retailer's desire to enter the city is nothing new, its latest push shows that attitudes toward the retailer opening stores in New York City are changing -- in Walmart's favor.
The company recently launched WalmartNYC.com, a "community forum for customers, associates, stakeholders and public officials who want to learn more about Walmart as it continues to evaluate opportunities across the city," according to a company press release.
Walmart launched the site following a study by Douglas E. Schoen, LLC that showed 71% of New Yorkers surveyed favored Walmart coming to the city and in the last year alone, city residents spent more than $165 million at Walmart stores outside the five boroughs.
“We know that job creation and access to affordable food are significant needs in the city and we think our stores can be part of the solution,” said Steven Restivo, directo