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No Walmart for Brooklyn shopping center, but company persists

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Many so-called big box franchises are affiliated with the Gateway Center. But the biggest big box store -- Walmart -- will not be among them.

The company said in statement "We were unable to agree upon economic terms for a project in East New York. We remain committed to bringing new economic development and shopping options to New York City."

Many union-backed groups and some elected officials who don't want Walmart in the city hailed the decision.

But others told Fox 5 that bringing the mega-store into the community would help the surrounding area by creating jobs.

For now, reports indicate a Shoprite will occupy the empty space planned for the second phase of Gateway.

Wal-Mart Inc. insists its fight to enter the five boroughs is not over. The company said: "most New Yorkers want us here and we remain interested in providing more convenient access to Walmart for local residents."

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