CB3 Debates Strategies for Keeping Walmart out of the LES

A Walmart Express store in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

Last night, Community Board 3 resumed a debate begun last month about whether Walmart is salivating at the possibility of opening a store on the Lower East Side and what (if anything) should be done to block the controversial chain for gaining s foothold here.

A month ago, Bertha Lewis of the advocacy group, “Walmart Free NYC” warned members of CB3’s economic development committee that vigilance is required if the much-loathed retail giant is to be kept out of New York.  She suggested the Seward Park redevelopment project (SPURA), which is likely to include some “mid-box” stores (10-30,000 square feet) would present an attractive opportunity to Walmart, which is reportedly looking to enter the Manhattan market. The company recently debuted “Walmart Express,” a small store format (10,000 square feet).

Obama, Streets Safety, Liquor Reform, Walmart Warning

  • President Obama’s visit to Ground Zero today has Gotham’s media buzzing (NYT live blog, NYDN live blog, NY1)
  • The city’s transportation gurus say it’s getting safer out there for people on bikes and in cars, especially on Allen and Pike streets (press releaseAllen and Pike stats)
  • The state’s liquor authorities announce plans to revamp antiquated laws that date back to Prohibition (Riverhead News Review)
  • Walmart’s foes warn Community Board 3 to be on the lookout for the big box retailer (DNA Info)
  • A proposed hospice on Cherry Street draws a NIMBY response from neighbors (Downtown Express