Wal-Mart and NYC: Not Making It 'There'

After a long battle to open a store in Manhattan, Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott has grown frustrated. He tells The New York Times "I don't care if we are ever here." Unions say Wal-Mart's low prices and low wages will undercut unionized stores.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

The biggest retailer may give up on the Big Apple. After a long battle to open a Wal-Mart in New York City, the retailer's frustrated CEO H. Lee Scott told the New York Times yesterday, I don't care if we are ever here. The response from one labor leader: we don't care if they're never here. Ed Aught of the New York City Labor Council sides with unions that believe Wal-Mart's low prices and low wages would undercut unionized stores.

Wal-Mart says it has not completely changed its New York state of mind. It's just giving up on Manhattan.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

All those other boroughs still out there.

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