Via the EVG inbox yesterday...
The Center for an Urban Future published the seventh edition of its annual “State of the Chains” study ranking the national retailers with the most store locations in New York City.
The study shows that there was a 3.3 percent increase in the number of chain stores in the five boroughs over the past year, a much larger spike than the 0.5 percent gain in chain stores between 2012 and 2013 and the largest annual increase since the 4.1 percent increase from 2009 to 2010. Queens had the largest year-over-year increase in chains stores among all boroughs, and Dunkin Donuts remained the largest retailer in the city, with 536 stores.
For the seventh consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts tops our list as the largest national retailer in New York City, with a total of 536 stores. Over the past year, Dunkin Donuts had a net increase of 21 stores in the city, a 4 percent gain. Subway is still the second largest national retailer in the city; gaining one additional store over last year’s total to make 468 locations across the five boroughs. Rounding out the top ten national retailers in New York are: Duane Reade/Walgreens (with 318 stores), metroPCS (298), Starbucks (282), McDonalds (245), Baskin Robbins (211), Rite Aid (201), T-Mobile (185) and GNC (156). In all, there are now 16 retailers with more than 100 stores across the city.
According to the research, the 10003 zip code, which includes Union Square and parts of Fifth Avenue, has 164 chain retailers — one of the highest numbers in Manhattan. (That is actually down from 179 in 2012.)
The 10009 zip code has 25 chain stores, down one from 2013.
Find the PDF of the report here.
Myself, I think our new Smiley Checkers is cheesy and obnoxious enough to count as 10 chain stores.
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