Chain Stores in the “East Village”


Last year, the Local East Village blog (operated by the NY Times) posted a piece about the number of chain stores in the “East Village.” According to the article, there were 115.

They posted an interactive map also — if you roll over a dot, a photo will pop up showing you what franchise is there. (This is just a screen shot of their map.)


Well, as fate would have it, just as I was writing this, a friend of mine, who shares an interest in this matter, sent me a link to the 2012 report by the Center for an Urban Future, the organization whose report the Local East Village was basing their post on!

I realize that 10009 is more legitimately “East Village” but there are people who identify with the East Village who live in 10003, so I’ll include that area also. So here is some information about the 10003 and 10009 ZIP code areas.

The 10003 area is 3rd in the city for national chain stores, with 179:

The 10003 area is 2nd in Manhattan for national chain stores:

10009 is 32nd in Manhattan, with 23 chains (out of forty-seven ZIP codes):

10009 chain stores, 2009–2012:

The 2009 report had a map in it that none of the other years have. In 2009, both ZIP code areas had 0.00–0.50 chain stores per 1,000 residents, and 0.06–0.45 chain stores per acre.

Other tidbits of information:

    The New Springville zip code in Staten Island 10314 still has the largest number of chains of any other zip code in the city, most likely as a result of the Staten Island Mall being located there. … Manhattan still has the highest concentration of chain stores at 119 per square mile…

Retailers with the most significant growth over the past year (city-wide):

  • NY Sport’s Club
  • 7-Eleven
  • GNC
  • T-Mobile
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Panera Bread
  • Tasti D-Lite
  • Sleepy’s

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Shortly after I first posted this piece, the following groups formed, and are Tweeting furiously:

  • No NY Sport’s Club NYC
  • No GNC NYC
  • No T-Mobile NYC
  • No Potbelly Sandwich Shop NYC
  • No Panera Bread NYC
  • No Tasti D-Lite NYC
  • No Sleepy’s NYC