Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Chain stores extended their reach in New York City in 2010. A new survey finds the large retailers have increased the number of outlets by four percent from 2009, up to 6,595 total stores.
The chain with the most stores is once again Dunkin' Donuts, which has 466 stores in New York. Second place goes to Subway, followed by Starbucks, Duane Reade, McDonald's, Baskin Robbins, Rite Aid, GNC, Radio Shack and T-Mobile.
Those names aren't surprises. But Jonathan Bowles, Director of the Center for an Urban Future, was struck by the rapid growth of Metro PCS, the cell phone provider.
"They actually went from having just seven locations in our 2009 study to 35 this year, a staggering 400 percent increase," Bowles said. "I don't know if it's the iPhone or the Droid, but whatever it is, cell phone stores have really expanded in New York."
T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless also opened more doors.
But not all retailers grew. Pizza Hut shrank to just 15 stores, down from 39 two years ago. Blockbuster gave up 15 locations this year, as its home movie rental model was tested by newer technologies. Tasti D Lite and Curves gym gave up leases too.