Chain Stores

The Lower East Side Gains Another Chain with new ‘Checkers’ Location

Posted February 27, 2019 at 5:06 am

Checkers, the national fast food chain is cozying up with the Lower East Side. A new franchise location, its first in the area, is underway at the base of the Smith Houses. Boogie reader Marsha Jackson snapped a photo of 23 St. James Place, the former home of the Multi Tastes Diner. That establishment shuttered […]

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Chain Stores up 19% on the Lower East Side Last Year

Posted January 25, 2019 at 5:07 am

The pandemic of chain stores around Manhattan might be in somewhat of a containment stage, but not so much on the Lower East Side. Center for Urban Future last week released the annual “State of the Chains 2018” report [PDF], which tracks stats borough-wide. On a macro level, the news appears promising, with a .3% […]

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‘Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot’ Opening its Bowery Flagship Next Month

Posted January 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Earlier this month, we revealed that a new fast-casual eatery called Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is slated to open on the Lower East Side. It’s replacing an old computer repair (and cosmetics) shop at 105 Bowery. Build-out is advancing at quite a clip; three weeks later, signage is in place and the dining room […]

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

Posted December 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

’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 […]

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There Are More Than 30 Chain Stores in Union Square

Posted June 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

In case you needed further proof that Union Square is on life support, check this out. Matt Falber – that guy who’s spending a year frequenting only independent businesses – tabulated the number of chain stores with a stranglehold on the area. By his count, of the forty-seven storefronts surrounding Union Square, only nine are […]

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Subway to Debut Sixth 10002 Outpost on Clinton Street Next Week

Last modified January 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

The sixth Subway franchise within the confines of 10002 (not a typo) mere days from reality. Storefront signage was installed last week at 200 Clinton Street (corner of East Broadway), and teases the promise of breakfast all day (don’t forget, plastic bread). Word on the street is that it’ll open shop sometime next week. Just in […]

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Subway is Opening a New Outpost on Clinton Street, Its 6th in 10002

Posted December 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

Last week saw the release the seventh annual “State of the Chains Report,” which indicated a break-even ranking for chain stores infiltrating the Lower East Side in 2014. Meaning franchise locations within the confines of the 10002 zip code held steady [PDF] at forty-seven. Which, by the way, is still ridiculous. And Subway remains the second largest […]

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New York City Neighborhoods In Chains

Last modified February 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

British designer James Campbell Taylor just created an interesting, albeit unsurprising visual of commercial New York. City In Chains is the latest imagery to come out of his self-established graphic design firm, Pennarello. It enslaves various neighborhoods of New York in corporate crests, for purposes of depicting over-saturation – at least, that’s what we gather. […]

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