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Walmart worries stoked

New York Post, By Sally Goldenberg, April 14, 2011. Opponents of Walmart implored the Bloomberg administration yesterday to delay the sale of a parcel of city-owned land to real estate developer the Related Cos., which is believed to be in talks with the retail giant to locate at the site in East New York.

Musical Protesters Aim at Wal-Mart’s Developer [Video]

New York Observer (Blog), By Azi Paybarah, April 12, 2011. Protesters looking to block Wal-Mart from opening their first store in New York City are now aiming at the developer who could play a role in the mega-store's arrival: Related Companies.  Here's video of a musical protest conducted inside the Time Warner building, where Related is headquartered.

NYC’s Price For A Walmart: $35 Million

New York Daily News (Blog), By Adam Lisberg April 13, 2011. The battle over Walmart moved to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development Wednesday as the agency considered selling a chunk of city land to developer Related Companies for the new mall the big box chain is eyeing for its first city store

Walmart foes battle retailer’s Brooklyn plan

Crain's New York Business, By Daniel Massey, April 13, 2011. Walmart opponents took their campaign to a mayoral hearing Wednesday, trying to delay the transfer of a city-owned parcel in Brooklyn to The Related Cos.  The retailer has had talks with Related about building its first store in the city on the site in East New York, Brooklyn. The property already has City Council approval for retail use. News that the real estate giant would welcome Walmart has opened it up to protests from the retailer's opponents, who want Related to lease to a unionized company like ShopRite.

New York City Says “Don’t be Related to Walmart!”

Huffington Post, By Matt Ryan April 13, 2011. Last Friday, NY Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda, along with New York Communities for Change, the Retail Action Project, and other members of the Walmart-Free NYC Coalition staged a flash mob in Time Warner Center, headquarters of the Related Companies, the real estate developer currently in talks to lease Walmart space to build its first store in New York City.

Nearly a hundred singing and dancing New Yorkers converged on Related's lobby with brass band backing to let the mega-developer know we don't want it opening the floodgates for Walmart to take over our city.