Ever since word began to circulate in December that Wal-Mart was considering a 132,000-square-foot store off Queens Boulevard, the discount retailer faced intense opposition from labor and civic leaders who cited its anti-union practices and the negative impact it would have on small businesses in the borough.That friction could have pressured Vornado into scratching its plan to have a Wal-Mart store in a complex that is slated to include other stores and two 25-story apartment tower, observers said.The developer, who needs city approval before starting its project, had reportedly been shopping around for other less controversial retailers, such as Kohl's Department Store, to replace Wal-Mart."I understand that Vornado has ended negotiations with Wal-Mart to open its doors in my district," said Councilwoman Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights), whose district includes the Rego Park site. Vornado spokeswoman Wendy Kopsick declined to comment.Co
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