Skeptical New Yorkers ask, "What's the angle?" Even without a store in the area, WalMart gave $3 million to borough charities in 2013.
"Despite pulling back on efforts to open its first store in New York City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is continuing to give millions in charitable donations to nonprofits in the five boroughs. On Friday, the retail giant announced it had given $1.2 billion nationally in donations over the past year, including $3 million in New York City. The donations may indicate that the Arkansas-based company maintains an interest in opening a location here, despite continuing political opposition to the company here. In early 2013, even before last year's mayoral election, Wal-Mart acknowledged pulling back its efforts in New York City." -- Chris Bragg, Crain's New York Business