A new report shows that the number of chain stores on the Upper West Side declined in 2020, with Covid-19 accelerating a shift that had started before the pandemic.
The number of chains in all three main zip codes in the neighborhood declined.
In 10023 the number of chains fell from 86 to 68.
In 10024 it fell from 62 to 51.
In 10025 it fell from 94 to 81.
It’s not the first year that the neighborhood lost chain stores, but it was the most dramatic decline yet. In total, more than 1,000 chain stores in the city — or nearly 1 of every 7 — closed over the past year, according to the report by the Center for an Urban Future. “Overall, the number of chain stores in New York City declined by 13.3 percent—with 2.0 percent closing temporarily and 11.3 percent not indicating whether the closures are permanent or temporary,” the report said. Manhattan saw a larger decline than other boroughs.
Bakery chains were hit particularly hard, with chains like Le Pain Quotidien closing large numbers of stores. (Le Pain Quotidien is expected to be expanding soon, however, in spots formerly occupied by Maison Kayser.) Other chains that closed large numbers of stores included Starbucks and drug stores like Duane Reade. Modell’s also closed its locations.
Below see a list of chains that closed many stores: