Tales of Retail
James Joyce once puzzled whether it would be possible to cross Dublin without passing a pub. As it turns out, despite having more than 22 pubs per square mile, with the help of a computer algorithm, it just barely is. Today, after The Center for an Urban Future released its fifth annual study ranking the national retailers popping up all over in New York City, it might have found a harder puzzle to solve. With a reported 24 locations per square mile, is it possible to cross New York without passing a chain store?
The report showed a 2.4 percent increase in the total number of chains over the past year, despite prominent retailers like Filene’s Basement and Betsey Johnson closing their doors. It is boom maintained by trusty stalwarts like Dunkin Donuts, which opened 18 stores in the last year for a total of 484 citywide, followed closely by Subways, with 454 locations, and despite seeming to be on every street corner, Starbucks, with a mere 272 locations.
Have you ever tried to get a decent meal in the heart of midtown, that dead zone between Park and Seventh avenues? It’s all warmed-over pizza, overpriced hot bars or the Four Seasons, which a guy can only eat so much of. This is why a flotilla of food trucks, offering such inventive fare as Korean tacos and gay ice cream, have been decending on the neighborhood for years now. But, no longer.
The Center for an Urban Future released its third annual New York City retail survey yesterday, and yet again Dunkin Donuts tops the list, with 466 stores across the five boroughs. That’s almost double the number of outlets as third-place Starbucks, which has 256 stores. (Subway came in second, with 389 stores.)
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Tales of Retail
Perhaps it is not surprising that a bevy of boardwalk shops in Coney Island are about to be replaced by blase brand-names. After all, this has been exactly the case all over the city for the past decade or so, having only gotten worse during the latest economic downturn.
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The Center for an Urban Future, a nonpartisan think tank based in Manhattan, released its first-ever ranking (PDF) of the national chain retailers with the most stores in New York City.
Perhaps surprisingly, Starbucks did not even make it into the top three, though the Seattle-based coffee chain does have the biggest Read More