NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In continued advocacy of local, long-standing retail New York shops & stores, Gotham Government Relations has led the way in the creation of the first anti-Wal-Mart group. The New York Neighborhood Alliance (http://www.nyneighborhoodalliance.com/) was formed to preserve the neighborhoods in New York City, in both character and economy. Brad Gerstman, Partner at Gotham, explains:
"Wal-Mart will destroy how we live our lives and disrupt our daily routines," he says. "Residents will undoubtedly completely change their shopping habits, and in turn would force the closure of countless neighborhood shops -- some of which have been around for decades and were passed down through generations of family. The last of the New York mom & pop stores will surely close."
Besides the inevitable destruction of small businesses and the depletion of economic development in the city, there is a very real environmental issue in play.
"If Wal-Mart comes to New York, the number of cars on the street will definitely increase as people buy from Wal-Mart in bulk," says David Schwartz, Partner at Gotham. "So not only are we hurting our local businesses and business owners, but New York would also be directly increasing the overall carbon footprint with the vast increase of automobiles on the road."
Gotham Government Relations is working tirelessly on behalf of real New Yorkers, and real business owners, to make sure that this Wal-Mart invasion does not take place.
"Most of the current employees that would be affected by this invasion have good-paying union jobs in supermarkets and department stores," Gerstman says. "With Wal-Mart taking over, there's no way to sustain those benefits. The bottom line is -- New Yorkers don't want Wal-Mart in their city -- and we're doing everything we can to make sure we protect our fellow New Yorkers."
SOURCE Gotham Government Relations