Report: Plans for Newark's First Walmart in Final Stages

Retailer would build at Springfield Avenue site

Plans for Newark’s first Walmart store are in their final stages, according to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

Rumors have long circulated that the retail giant was planning on building a store at a 100,000 square-foot lot located at Springfield Avenue and Jones Street. The site is owned by Tucker Development Corp., which has offices in New Jersey and Chicago.

A Walmart spokesman said there were no “announced plans” for a store, echoing a statement the company released in early December, when protesters  opposed to Walmart’s presence in Newark rallied at city hall.

The protesters bashed the company for its labor practices, which include discouraging unions.

The plans for the Newark location include a grocery component, the paper also reported. Springfield Avenue and other parts of Newark have few full-service grocery stores, a phenomenon known as a “food desert.”  Such food deserts are commonplace in many of the nation’s poor urban areas.

Marc Curtis Little January 10, 2013 at 01:34 PM
This is good for the residents in terms of purchasing goods and gaining employment.
Doris McNeil January 10, 2013 at 05:44 PM
This is not the place, spot or community to put a Walmart. Not only will the traffic flow suffer, but the housing community will slowly lose its value. There are many large vacant lots in Newark where a large store like Walmart would be succesful.
Saundra Robinson January 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM
There are pros and cons. Walmart is notorious for it's anti-union stance. Also for not paying their employees decent wages. Heard that this retailer has the greatest number of employees on pubic assistance. Don't know if that's true but if it is, it certainly does not put the retailer in a good light. Will create jobs and will put some smaller stores out of business.
Saundra Robinson January 11, 2013 at 12:09 AM
And what's with the statement that there were no announced plans to put a store in Newark. Sounds like they were lying upfront. So in other words, since we didn't announce it YET, we're not going to put a store ion Newark. GET REAL.
pedro vicente January 11, 2013 at 03:10 AM
To me its more like the not having certain pizza food franchise that are national. Meaning in every coner of this large usa their is a pizza hut that wont deliver in unsafe neighborhoods. Me not buying the slow process. Newark has changed larger and better. Money does not discriminate.
Dave Phillips January 11, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Doris, where you think are better locations?
Betty Patterson January 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM
If the residents have protested and demonstrated, why is Walmart still making plans to come? I'm sure there are other vacant lots in other areas!
SJake January 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I think this is awesome for the community. Although Walmart may have bad employment practices, wouldn't you rather have people who are employed? Also, if this does not happen, Walmart will move somewhere around Newark and everyone in Newark will go shop there and the city will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. They need to do this. It will have a great benefit on the community. PS I never thought I would ever defend Walmart but in this situation it just makes sense.
maria concilio January 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Walmart brings nothing good. It is a horrible conglomerate that pushes cheap crap and puts small businesses out of commission. They were the ones to carry the controversial monsanto "sweet" corn while other stores would not touch it for consumer safety reasons. I hate Walmart and have never shopped there and NEVER WILL.
Hannah Orr January 12, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The people in the city of Newark really need a place to go food shopping. I am all for supporting small business but I can also do my food shopping where things are on sale and reasonably priced. They should have the same opportunity to buy a 12 pack of Pepsi instead of buying the 16 0z bottle for $2 or 3.00...... And I can't stand Walmart either for their business practices.
busted rymes January 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM
stick em up will most likly be heard ,not welcome to walmart
kimminie January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Walmart is known for its low wage. no benefit. human rights abuses. Walmart will gain far more in corp tax bennies than the city. It is also true that walmart recruiters inform and assist its employees on how to apply for public assist. This keeps people of Nwk in a state of poverty. Jobs will come but they will not provide a living wage. The goal of employment is to lift one out of poverty, not to contribute to it. Walmart wins in this scenario.
kimminie January 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Furthermore, the article is disingenuous because it states that the area in question is a food desert. However Pathmark on Bergen and the new Key Foods on Springfield and 10th are very close to the proposed site. The writing makes this isue about the ability to get food. This skirts the issue of how big box stores come into a struggling community and push Mom and Pop stores out of business. Has anyone been to Harlem lately? Check out what happened to Mart 125 and all of the now unemployed vendors and store owners.
Nitsuj January 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
About time. It will create jobs and give inhabitants a cheaper option of buying groceries instead of going to expensive Bodegas and corner convenience shops.
Chris Gill March 28, 2013 at 04:24 PM
maybe if it were downtown or closer to the port or the highway sure but this is in the middle of the city in neighborhoods... thats gonna be a huge increase in traffic and also heres a though a lot of people in newark take busses its gonna take a transfer for anyone who doesnt live on 15th ave or springfield
Joseph June 04, 2013 at 07:52 PM
A great thing..you go Walmart.Im so happy more jobs


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