Study: Brooklyn had the most chains open in NYC this year

A new report found that the city as a whole gained national retailers from last year, with Dunkin’ Donuts leading the pack

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Despite hyped indie openings like Rough Trade NYC, and the continued success of artisan-focused ventures like the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, the most chain-store openings in NYC happened in Brooklyn in the past year. The Center for an Urban Future's annual State of the Chains report found that Kings County gained 41 national retailers from 2012 to 2013, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. Unsurprisingly, the study also found that the number of chain stores in New York City grew for the fifth year in a row (since this type of data was first compiled).

Dunkin' Donuts gets the dubious honor of becoming the first chain with more than 500 outlets in NYC, and tops the list for the sixth year running as the largest in town. Other shops that increased their empire in the past year include Starbucks, Baskin-Robbins, Trader Joe's and L'Occitane.

The silver lining? Manhattan and Queens actually saw a decline in chains, and the expansion of such conglomerates—from McDonald's to MetroPCS—actually slowed compared to previous years.

(h/t New York Post)

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