The Center for an Urban Future is out with its annual report on chain stores in New York City. While the overall numbers on the Lower East Side are still relatively low compared with other neighborhoods, the survey indicates the LES saw more growth than all but one NYC community in 2013.
The center counted 46 chain stores in zip code 10002 this year, up from 36 in 2012. Only East Flatbush added more locations in the past 12 months. But for some perspective, consider this: the top neighborhood for chains, the Garment District, has 184 locations. The East Village comes in third with 170 stores, a decrease of 9 in the past year.
The study found that the number of chains in all of New York City edged up slightly, by 0.5%, in the past year, slowing considerably over the past several years. Click here if you would like to read the full report.