The number of of national retail chains in New York City has increased for the fifth time in as many years, according to a new paper published by the Center for an Urban Future. Dunkin’ Donuts has 484 locations within the five boroughs, up from 466 last year, and Subway added 24 stores in 2012 and now has 454 locations. Convenience-store chain 7-Eleven is on an aggressive expansion path, adding sixteen new stores this year. Is it all bad news? Plans to colonize and convert existing corner stores into 7-Elevens have hardly been embraced by everyone, however, and a Health Department report from earlier this year that indicated Subway locations were shut down more often than any other fast-food franchise in the city may be a sign that the cold-cut chain is getting ahead of itself. Let’s see what happens next year after incoming chains Fatburger and Dairy Queen ruffle some feathers and shake up the city’s BMI all over again. [CUF via EVGrieve, Earlier, Related]
Oh, thank heavens.