Wal-Mart's battle for New York is really heating up-and the company has yet to even admit that it is dealing for a store at the expanded Gateway Estates Mall in East New York. In yesterday's NY Daily News, the paper went out to the neighborhood and discovered fear and loathing from one small supermarket owner-someone who represents an entire class of food store operators in and around the proposed Wal-Mart site.
As the News reported, the developer Related had an opportunity for a supermarket as part of its expansion, but decided to roll the dice for the Walmonster: "East New York is bracing for what could be the city's first Walmart, as the big box chain seriously eyes a site in the neighborhood. The developer that owns a site Walmart has reportedly been considering cut off talks several months ago with several supermarket chains interested in the space, focusing instead on making a deal with the retail giant. "Related basically threw the supermarkets under the bus and decided to put all its eggs in the Walmart basket," said a real estate source. "They felt comfortable that it would happen."