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A tiny item in today's Sun almost seems to lament that big box chain retailer Wal-Mart, having been stymied in its attempts to open outposts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, won't be coming to the new, enormous mall planned for Queens. "Construction began yesterday on a gigantic Queens' shopping mall that could have included the city's first Wal-Mart. Discussions between the big box store chain and Vornado Realty Trust, the developer, were scrapped in 2005 after opponents rallied against the retailer's labor practices." Of course, even though Wal-Mart has been shut down left and right in its attempts to infiltrate the New York city retail scene, rumors of the store's impeding arrival continue to swirl. Queens, you're safe...for now.
· Building Begins on Giant Queens Mall [NY Sun]
· Is Wal-Mart Eyeing Brooklyn Again? [Racked]