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Walmart NYC Facts (Updated 11/30/11)

Walmart NYC Facts (Updated 11/30/11)

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#1: New Yorkers are Already Shopping & Working at Walmart
 
In 2011, New Yorkers are on track to spend $215 million at Walmart locations outside the city
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City residents spent more than $195 million at Walmart in 2010
 
New York City is the top metro market for Walmart.com in the country
 
Walmart employs more than 37,000 associates in NY, including 1,400 New York City residents
#2: New Yorkers Want Walmart in New York City
 
The following independent polls show overwhelming support for Walmart in New York City:
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New York Times(August 2011)
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NY1-Marist Poll(August 2011)
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Quinnipiac University Poll(July 2011)
 
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Quinnipiac University Poll(March 2011)
 
 
These polls reflect similar results as aWalmart commissioned pollby Douglas E. Schoen
 
More than 42,000 people have “liked” Walmart’s New York City Facebook page
 
More than 100,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition to bring a Walmart store to the city
#3: New Yorkers Need Jobs
 
 
City-wide unemployment is 8.7%
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East New York is 19.2%
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Central and South Bronx is 15.7%
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Central Brooklyn is 14.8%
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Harlem and Washington Heights is 13.6%
#4: Competitive Wages, Affordable Benefits & the Chance to Build a Career
 
Walmart’s wages and benefits meet or exceed those offered by a majority of New York City competitors
 
The average wage for regular full-time hourly Walmart associates in New York state is $12.57 per hour
 
Benefits include affordable health plans, 401(k), and a 10% store discount
 
From a health care perspective, Walmart:
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Offers plans as inexpensive as $15 per pay period for an associate only
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Has no annual or lifetime maximums on health plan use
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Provides all associates on company health plans access to almost any generic drug prescriptionfor $4
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Exceeds the requirements in the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 
 
(
PPACA)
 
Nationally, close to 75% of Walmart’s store management team started as an hourly associate
 
More than 65% of Walmart associates in the New York City region work full time
 
In 2010, Walmart promoted more than 146,000 hourly associates across the U.S.
#5: Walmart Helps American Households Save Money
 
According to the
New York Post 
(February 1, 2011), some Queens residents could save 33% bypurchasing some everyday items at Walmart instead of their local grocery store
 
Walmart offers $4 generic prescriptions at Walmart and SAM'S CLUB pharmacies; this program hassaved Walmart’s U.S. customers more than $3 billion since it was launched in 2006
 
 
 
Walmart and Sam's Club have long-accepted SNAP, formally known as food stamp benefits, at all of ourstores nationwide
#6: New Yorkers Need More Access to Fresh, Affordable Food
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3 million New Yorkers lack adequate access to grocery stores
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Low-income neighborhoods have the highest need
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1.4 million New Yorkers live in households that cannot afford an adequate supply of nutritiousfood
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NYC can support more than 100 new neighborhood grocery stores and supermarkets
 
25% of NYC children are obese. Research shows that the presence of a supermarket within a censustract alone or in combination with a grocery store was associated with lower prevalence ratios of obesity and overweight residents
 
As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart sells more locally grown produce than any company in America
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New York City Department of City Planning, NYC Health, and New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Going to Market: New York City's Neighborhood Grocery Store and Supermarket Shortage
. Rep. 2008.2. The New York City Council.
Food Works: A Vision to Improve NYC's Food System
. Rep. 2010.
#7: Walmart is Committed to Making Food Healthier and Healthy Food More Affordable
 
Walmart was recently joined by First Lady Michelle Obama as it outlined the five key elements of aneffort to provide healthier and more affordable food choices:
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Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015
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Making healthier choices more affordable
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Developing strong criteria for a simple front-of-package seal
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Providing solutions to address food deserts by building stores
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Increasing charitable support for nutrition programs
#8: Walmart has a Positive Economic Impact on the Local Economy
 
 
Walmart collected on behalf of the state of New York more than $372.6 million in sales taxes in FYE2011.
 
Walmart paid more than $97.4 million in state and local taxes in the state of New York in FYE 2011.
 
In FYE 2011, Walmart spent $11.9 billion for merchandise and services with 2,466 suppliers in the stateof New York. As a result of Walmart's relationship with these suppliers, Walmart supports 136,199supplier jobs in the state of New York
 
In New York City alone, Walmart spent more than $5.7 billion last year for merchandise and serviceswith 835 city-based suppliers, the majority of which are small businesses
 
#9: Walmart Supports Local Communities
 
Since 2007, Walmart has contributed close to $13 million to nonprofit organizations based in New YorkCity like the Summer Youth Employment Program, City Harvest, Dress for Success, New Yorkers forChildren and Food Bank for New York City, among others
 
In New York State, Walmart donated 6,185,890 pounds of food to local food banks – nearly 4.7 millionmeals in the last fiscal year

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