The presence of national chain retailers in the borough expanded by 0.9 percent in 2017, a Center for Urban Future report has found. It went from 1,665 to 1,680 stores.
In its 10th annual “State of the Chains” analysis, the CUF said that 34 new MetroPCS stores opened in Queens, making it the second-most pervasive chain here with 122 total locations. The city and borough’s top spot still belongs to Dunkin’ Donuts, which added eight new Queens stores in 2017; it now has 187 of them.
Queens lost 14 CVS locations and eight Duane Reade/Walgreens stores in 2017.
The report defined the national retailers as businesses with at least two locations within the five boroughs and at least one more outside them.
The past few years have seen an expansion of the stores in Queens. According to the CUF, their presence rose by 1.6 percent in 2016 and 2015 after going up by 5.3 percent in 2014. In 2013, the number of this borough’s chains fell by 0.4 percent.
Every borough except Staten Island, which saw a 1.9 percent decrease, saw a rise in the chains. Queens and Manhattan tied at 0.9 percent, though the number of national retailers added was higher in the latter because it has more of them overall. Brooklyn’s increase of 3.1 percent was the biggest, with the Bronx at 1.8 percent.