Call this the year of the chain store resurgence. If you’re a native New Yorker, you may have repeatedly asked yourself time and time again just how many Dunkin’ Donuts or Subways will be infiltrating my neighborhood…uh..today? It’s become quite the trend throughout the Empire State this year, with former stores being converted into chain spots, and although it doesn’t appear it will be coming to a halt anytime soon (which isn’t bad at all), the Center of Urban Future racked up the final totals of chain stores to hit the boroughs this year, and from the numbers, they have come to a conclusion that sweet ole Brooklyn is atop of the list as the borough who opened the most chain stores in 2013. Here’s the skinny on how BK won:
The chain store data comes courtesy of the Center for an Urban Future’s sixth annual “State of the Chains” report. According to the report, Brooklyn saw a 2.8 percent uptick in chains this year, with 1,511 chain retailers and eateries to last year’s 1,470. Manhattan and Queens, meanwhile, lost some chains (R.I.P. Blockbuster), with respective 0.7 percent and 0.4 percent decreases.
Brooklyn’s jump in chain stores is unprecedented for the borough, which saw a 2.6 percent chain growth in 2012, which was the largest one yet. And as for the biggest soulless corporate offenders, the report found that with over 500 stores in the city, the ever-increasing aforementioned Dunkin had the most chain stores citywide, followed by Subway, Duane Reade/Walgreens and Starbucks.