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Walmart is inching its way to the five boroughs: Crain's reports that the megachain for 40,000 square feet at 253-01 Rockaway Boulevard. Geographically, the placement of the store is technically Long Island, but it's "so close to the Queens border that city shoppers could get there by simply crossing the street."
The deal was apparently signed back in 2012, and was brought to light through "little-noticed New York City property records." As of now, there's no word on when they plan to begin construction or move in.
Audrey Sasson, the coalition director of Walmart Free NYC, says: "Walmart knows full well that New Yorkers will continue to fight tooth and nail to ensure that our city is a home for good jobs and not their broken promises. We will continue to keep an eye on their efforts to enter the NYC market ensuring only responsible developments and employers are in the city's future."
Update: Crain's has amended their article to include a quote from a Walmart spokesperson, who says that they currently have no plans for the space and are "actively working to sublease the site.
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