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The Center for an Urban Future, a think tank based in Manhattan, today published its third annual ranking of national retailers that have the most stores in New York City.
This year’s report reveals that that despite the sluggish economy, more national retailers have expanded their presence in the five boroughs over the past year than those that have reduced their number of stores here. The report shows that every borough registered a net increase in national chain stores during the past year, with Brooklyn experiencing the greatest percentage increase of any borough. And for the third year running, Dunkin Donuts comes in as the national retailer with the most stores in the city. Dunkin Donuts now has 210 more stores in the five boroughs than Starbucks, the retailer that came in third on our list.
Overall, the 280 national retailers listed in our 2009 report now have 4.1 percent more stores in the five boroughs than a year ago — increasing from 6,335 stores in 2009 to 6,595 in 2010. Thirty nine percent of those retailers have expanded their footprint in the city during that time, while 20 percent now have fewer stores and 41 percent have the same number of locations. Only one of the chains on last year’s list closed all of their New York City locations this past year, compared to four that shut down between our 2008 and 2009 reports.
Brooklyn had the largest percentage gain of any borough over the past year. The retailers counted in our 2009 report now have 1,325 stores in Brooklyn, up from 1,258 last year — a 5.3 percent gain. Manhattan had the next largest percentage gain (5.1 percent), followed by the Bronx (4.7 percent), Queens (1.9 percent) and Staten Island (1.5 percent).
To make our annual ranking of national retailers as accurate as possible, we add new retailers to our list every year — some of which have entered the New York market in the past year other which we inadvertently left of the list before. This year’s report includes 26 new national retailers, from Red Mango (14 stores) to Lego (2 stores). Overall, this year’s report includes 306 retailers, which have a total of 6,703 stores in the city.
This year, there are 13 retailers with at least 100 stores in the five boroughs—up from 12 in both 2009 and 2008. The new entry is T-Mobile, which now has 117 stores in the city, up from 96 in 2009 and 82 in 2008.
Dunkin Donuts is still far and away the largest national retailer in New York. It now has 466 stores in the city, up from 429 last year and 341 in 2008. Though Dunkin Donuts is only the fourth largest national retail chain in Manhattan — with 115 stores in the borough, it trails Starbucks (194), Subway (163) and Duane Reade (161) — it has the most locations in each of the other four boroughs.
Despite its 2009 announcement that it would close some of its New York City locations, Starbucks actually has 11 more stores in the five boroughs this year. It moved up to third place in the rankings, from fourth in 2008 and 2009. Duane Reade climbed up one notch, to fourth place, while McDonald’s has fallen to fifth from its third rank in 2008 and 2009; the burger chain has 17 fewer chains than last year (from 258 to 241 stores).
T-Mobile wasn’t the only cell phone store to increase significantly over the past year. Metro PCS grew from 7 locations in 2009 to 35 this year, a staggering 400 percent increase, while Sprint (from 24 to 33) and Verizon Wireless (45 to 50) also registered notable gains.
Find a PDF of the whole shebangy report here.