NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Wal-Mart may soon be coming to Brooklyn, but the retailer’s potential move is not popular with some local merchants who fear the competition.

“They are a monster that is going to eat us up,” Mark Tanis said.

Tanis, who manages the “Shopper’s World” store in East New York, said bringing a Wal-Mart to Brooklyn would put his store out of business.

“A jacket I’m selling for $24.99, they could easily come and sell that for $15,” he said.

In fact, Tanis said, Wal-Mart’s pricing and advertising power threaten the entire stretch of stores on Pitkin Avenue.

“I think it would look like a ghost town if Wal-Mart was to come,” he said.

Tanis is just one of many local business owners that have the city council planning hearings on Wal-Mart’s potential impact. This week, Wal-Mart countered with a splashy media campaign, including a Web site and radio ads.

Wal-Mart is said to be eyeing property near an existing mall just off the Belt Parkway, where many other big box retailers have already set up shop. Many people who spoke to CBS 2 say they’d be thrilled to have a Wal-Mart.

“Wal-Mart is what we need,” shopper LaShaun Munford. “We need more. We need a bigger variety.”

“To bring a Wal-Mart to Brooklyn, that’s tremendous,” said Patricia Randall. “We would love it. Bring it on!”

Public advocate Bill DeBlasio has done a study on Wal-Mart, and he thinks differently.

“In Chicago just a few years ago, Wal-Mart came in – and put 82 businesses out of business,” DeBlasio said.

DeBlasio said the closure of those businesses resulted in a net loss of jobs in the area.

Wal-Mart counters that it does create jobs, and provides communities with healthy and affordable food.

“There’s nothing wrong with that, but everyone needs to make a living,” Tanis said. “How am I able to live, to feed my family?”

The city council’s hearing on Wal-Mart, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed until February 3. Wal-Mart has said it won’t show up, but instead, it’s asking the city council to look at the impact of all big box stories.

Comments (14)
  1. Carmen says:

    Please bring to Red Hook. Great idea

  2. Your Mother. says:

    personally i really love walmart .
    how its so cheap . PLEASE OPEN ITTT 😀 .

  3. Sajd04 says:

    Good News! Wellcome Walmart.! Is time than Brooklyn will have a commerce.

  4. Angie says:

    Yes they should bring Walmart to East New York, it is the peoples’ choice where they shop, people do not have cars, and transportation mta is $2.50 cents so the mom and pa stores do not have to worry

  5. John says:

    yes a walmart in brooklyn yay i always wanted to see one here in nyc

  6. mike says:

    learn how to MARKET your business and you wont have to fear Walmart! – Everyone doesnt shop on PRICE alone! Give great customer service, thank the customer for actually shopping with you, listen, think of YOUR customer and not of yourself and your business will take care of everything else!

  7. liz says:

    no matter where Walmart goes to….isnt it a persons choice, where to shop….Im sure if anything is needed suddenly, the best choice would still be the neighborhood store…..instead of going all the way to a Walmart……and why not have a store, especially if it be Walmart Supercenter…where you can buy anything you might possibly need, even groceries, all at the same store, instead of having to go, here and there?? So, I say, WELCOME WALMART TO OUR CITY!!!

  8. Lisanne Anderson says:

    Wal-Mart sucks the lifeblood out of community and give nothing back. They will lower prices to zap the competition but in the end there is no real gain for the consumer. They make money because after the competition is gone they are often the only place to shop. It may take them longer to get to the place here, but New York is a prize they want badly.

    I don;t want to be forced to shop in a Wal-Mart after they’ve taken other choices away.

    The job of government is to do what is bst for the people, even if many o the people don’t get it.

  9. The Truth says:

    Bring in the Wal-Marts. See how many UNION people will shop there and remember a lot of small business do not pay their fair share of taxes where as Walmarts accounting is dead on. Small business complain I assume because the game is up.

  10. Laura Lee Rivello says:

    I guess most of you have jobs. You’re not thinking about how many people will be out of work and can’t feed their families. The 5 boroughs willl truly suffer if Walmart’s moves in. I drive to LI and don’t care – I would rather spend a little more time and gas not to see people suffer. If you want Walmart’s so bad, move to Long Island!!

  11. jk says:

    I can’t wait until WalMart goes to NYC. We keep going out to LI to the WalMart to shop. Why not bring that business to NYC?

  12. susanna says:

    I can’t wait for walmart to come to brooklyn. why do we have to go outside NYC to shop there? How about freedom of choice for everyone. I’m tired of being dictated to by PC people who think they know what’s best for everyone. If you don’t like Walmart, you don’t have to shop or work there. But don’t tell the rest of us that we can’t do so.

  13. Rafael Lopez says:

    Bring it Red Hook, We have much vacant land.

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