National retailers moving to Queens faster than Manhattan and Brooklyn

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Dunkin’ Donuts — like many national retailers —  is running on Queens.

The consumer market for national retailers is expanding faster in “The World’s Borough” over anywhere else in the city as a new report showed national brands have opened more new locations in Queens during the year.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven and T-Mobile were among retailers that added the most new branches in the borough, and the number of national chain retail locations in Queens increased 6.4 percent to 1,770 stores this year from 1,663 in 2013, according to the Center for an Urban Future’s State of the Chains.

While Manhattan still has more than 1,000 more national chain locations than Queens, Manhattan only added .4 percent or 10 new locations. Brooklyn, which has 1,593 chain stores, saw a 3.4 percent gain, and the Bronx added 4.2 percent. Staten Island is the only borough that didn’t see an increase.

T-Mobile, which had the most new locations in Queens, added 17 new outlets to bring their total in the borough to 55, followed by CVS, which opened 14 new locations to expand to a total of 48 stores. Dunkin’ Donuts, which added seven stores, still tops the list in total locations in Queens with 161 stores.

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A notable increase from the report is beauty product store L’Occitane en Provence, which had just one store the previous year, but added nine stores in 2014.

However, there were some chains that dropped their presence in Queens, including ice cream maker Cold Stone Creamery, which closed four locations, and now has just one remaining Queens outlet.

The Corona and Elmhurst zip code of 11373, which includes Queens Center and Queens Place malls, has the highest number of chain stores in the borough.

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