Residents in the other 59 counties in New York have had the option of shopping or not shopping at Walmart for decades. The same is true for virtually every other city and state. Only New York City is behind the times.
City residents continue to be denied the opportunity to shop at Walmart thanks to excuses made by politicians and their union allies. They feel that we should oppose Walmart because of substandard salaries and unfair competition for smaller stores.
Construction of a new Walmart can provide work for contractors and their employees. Once opened, the over 8 percent of New Yorkers out of work could find employment.
The city would benefit from millions in sales, payroll and real-estate tax revenue that could help fund essential municipal services everyone desires.
Consumers shopping at Walmart get a bigger bang for the buck by being able to compare prices, quality and service to other stores.
Several hundred thousand New Yorkers work off the books, full and part time with no benefits or health insurance. Many existing retailers pay minimum wage with no benefits. Public officials opposing Walmart never talk about these abuses.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from businesses — small and large. Consumers all over America made Walmart the success story it is today. It is time to allow Walmart the opportunity to compete in the New York City marketplace.
If public officials continue refusing you a choice, the only recourse you have is to vote them out of office or deny them promotion to higher public office. Ask your local candidates in the upcoming elections were they stand on Walmart.
Don't vote for them if they will not give you a right as a consumer to decide who to patronize.