Slowly but surely the headwinds Walmart has faced for years in its domestic expansion efforts have begun to diminish to the point where major victories are now being scored. Two examples stood out this week on opposite sides of the county. The highest profile of these is the situation in New York where it may not seem like Walmart won a victory this week, but it did. Walmart’s entry into the city has been the subject of considerable and heated debate for at least five years, but the situation has come to head in recent months. From the launch of an information website a few weeks back to an announcement of a five-year deal with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, things are increasingly going Walmart’s way in the Big Apple.
It may not have seemed like it yesterday afternoon when a City Council committee held a meeting to discuss Walmart. Walmart skipped the meeting because it didn’t like that the agenda was focused solely on the impact of its business, which gave opponents plenty of opportunity to trot out familiar arguments about the destruction of small business, low paying jobs, etc.