New York, New York

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere."
Frank Sinatra

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In case you missed it, the New York Times reports that Wal-Mart’s CEO, H. Lee Scott said recently "I don’t care if we are ever here", referring to Manhattan Island in New York.  Like the ten-year-old who says "I didn’t want to play anyway" when no one wants him on their team, Scott was reacting to successful efforts to keep the chain off the island. 

In this real-life game of  Survivor:  Manhattan Island, a strange alliance has been working to keep Wally World from entering the market.  On one side you have the unions who believe that the chain’s presence wouldn’t just lower prices, but would also drive down wages.  Their unlikely allies are so-called "snobbish elites" who Scott says "are just better than us and don’t want a Wal-Mart in their community."

Wally’s PR machine quickly tried to soften Scott’s comments.  Spokesperson Mona Williams told the Times, "Entering New York has been difficult, but not something we rule out.  Lee said he personally didn’t care if we built stores there or not.  It might be more trouble than it’s worth, but that he would leave that up to the real estate group that makes those decisions."

I’m sure there’s more to come.

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