Last summer, Walmart mounted an aggressive campaign to court city officials in the hopes of setting up shop in the five boroughs. This summer, they have been missing in action but that changed this week as the retail giant started to re-emerge. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
In case you forgot, Walmart still wants to come to New York City.
"We definitely continue to evaluate opportunities across all five boroughs," said Walmart spokesperson Steven Restivo.
So much so, the megastore released a poll on Friday stating 68 percent of New Yorkers want a Walmart in the five boroughs. The same percentage said they want one in their own neighborhood.
"What this survey shows is the broad mass of New Yorkers - Blacks, Hispanics, whites, New Yorkers of all economic positions - want Walmart," said Walmart pollster Doug Schoen.
It's news that comes with a price.
"Now does Walmart pay you to do these studies? Yes, but that being said, it is independent research," Schoen said. "I would not be here talking on their behalf and behalf of a survey that I worked really hard on if I did not believe thoroughly in the independence, credibility and importance of the exercise."
The numbers follow a $700,000 donation to the New York Women's Foundation on Tuesday.
Up until this week, Walmart's campaign to come to New York remained relatively silent for the past year in contrast to last summer, when the corporation held community meetings. The meetings were met with protest.
Walmart may have taken a brief hiatus from the spotlight but the opposition is still there, from politicians to union leaders to small businesses.
"Walmart should not be here," said Jose Perez of a C-Town Supermarket in the Bronx. "It will hurt our community. Every store in this area is small businesses, small stores, mom and pop stores that have been here for a very, very long time."
Perez said a Walmart could put him out of business. Officials from the megastore said otherwise.
"The more that people learn facts about Walmart, the more they see the value of a store in the city," Restivo said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may support Walmart but his potential successors have all slammed the retail giant. So for Walmart, the clock might be ticking.