There Are More Than 30 Chain Stores in Union Square
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Photo: Matt Falber
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 deemed local business.
The balance is occupied by chains.
“To me, Union Square has always been a hub that leads to 14th Street, the East Village, and the bustling community of farmers and artists that congregate in the park,” Falber writes in a blog post. “While it may be, it’s also one of the most homogeneous areas in New York.”
Chain stores include:
Walgreens, Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, Nordstrom Rack, Duane Reade, Citi Bank, Whole Foods, Forever 21, Designer Shoe Warehouse, Burlington Coat Factory, Strawberry, Bank of America, Reebok Fithub, Staples, Lululemon, Skechers, American Eagle, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Pret, PetCo, Barnes and Noble, AT&T Store, Capital One Bank, Sephora, The W Hotel, Wok to Walk, Dunkin Donuts, Maaz, The Children’s Place, TGIFridays, The Vitamin Shoppe, Babies R Us, Starbucks, GNC, Panera Bread, Au Bon Pan, and FedEx Office.