Chain Creep: Chain Retail on the Lower East Side Remained Steady this Year

Posted on: December 24th, 2015 at 9:33 am by

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When Dunkin’ Donuts opened on Madison St, August 2013

’tis the season … to review the annual report on the state of the retail chains across the Five Boroughs. The Center for an Urban Future just released its marquee research this week with statistics showing across-the-board increases. Their findings prove that so-called “chain creep” continues.

Back home on the Lower East Side, we’re holding steady at 48 chains, a year-over-year increase of one store from 2014. It’s a small gain, but saturation in the neighborhood is still pretty hight.

Our neighbors to the north saw an identical trend, however. The 10009 zip code, accounting for the East Village/Alphabet City, gained 5 chain stores in 2015 for a total of 30.

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Photo: Barista Rants

And here are more of the macro trends gleaned from the report:

For the eighth consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts tops our list as the largest national retailer in New York City, with a total of 568 stores. Over the past year, Dunkin Donuts had a net increase of 32 stores in the city (a 6 percent gain). Subway is still the second largest national retailer in the city, with 444 store locations, but it now has 18 fewer stores than last year. Rounding out the top ten national retailers in New York are: MetroPCS (with 323 stores), Duane Reade/Walgreens (307), Starbucks (307), McDonald’s (232), T-Mobile (217), Baskin Robbins (214), Rite Aid (197), and GNC (175). In all, there are now 14 retailers with more than 100 stores across the city, a decrease from 16 retailers with at least that number last year.

Starbucks still has more stores in Manhattan than any other national retailer, with 220 locations. In each of the other boroughs, Dunkin Donuts tops the list — it has 171 stores in Queens, 149 in Manhattan, 135 in Brooklyn, 80 in the Bronx and 33 on Staten Island.

Among the retailers with significant store growth over the past year:

• Sprint: 70 locations, up from 28 in 2014
• Fossil: 11 locations, up from 4 in 2014
• Sketchers: 11 locations, up from 7 in 2014
• Nathan’s: 25 locations, up from 17 in 2014
• Coach: 18 locations, up from 13 in 2014
• Just Salad: 19 locations, up from 14 in 2014
• Crunch: 16 locations, up from 12 in 2014
• T-Mobile: 217 locations, up from 181 in 2014
• MetroPCS: 323 locations, up from 290 in 2014
• GNC: 175 locations, up from 156 in 2014
• Chipotle: 58 locations, up from 50 in 2014
• Sunglass Hut: 30 locations, up from 23 in 2014
• Checkers: 35 locations, up from 28 in 2014
• Le Pain Quotidien: 36 locations, up from 30 in 2014
• Equinox: 25 locations, up from 20 in 2014
• Auntie Anne’s: 25 locations, up from 20 in 2014
• Taco Bell: 29 locations, up from 24 in 2014

Full report…

State of the Chains 2015 5

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