Chain-Store Anxiety

December 21, 2007 at 3:05 pm 4 comments

I couldn’t bear the not-knowing anymore, so I poked my head into Narita today and asked if they were going to stay put for the foreseeable future. I got a definite yes on that one, mercifully. But then I lurked around the area, chatting up other store owners/workers to get the buzz on who or what might be taking over the stores that are going or soon to be kaput.

It’s not confirmed, and it’s only the buzz as relayed to me, but two words: Old Navy. Talk about your worst-case scenario.

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  • 1. Ed Q.  |  December 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    I believe a call of Shenanigans is necessary on that one. Old Navy? That doesn’t make any business sense with another one not 2 miles away on Queens Blvd.

    But that’s hardly a worse case scenario. Bang Bang coming back bigger and better would be worse for 1.

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  • 2. Anne  |  December 21, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Regrettably the area landlords and the FH Chamber of Commerce (inlcuding their Landlords Committee) have made little to no effort to foster an environment that is hospitable to entrepreneurs, so it the chain[saw] mentality that prevails. While those brands may be able to pay the higher rent at the outset, there are downsides with economic impacts. At some point the chain stores over-saturate the market and become less desirable. And it is the unique stores that make an area a destination spot. Ironically, The shops at Atlas Park have lured away some of our more charming stores as Austin St. and surrounds turn more and more into a mall.

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  • 3. karbeth  |  December 23, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Two miles from here is actually a world away in terms of relative mileage and demographics. I actually do think this would be a worst-case scenario because of how busy/crowded/crazy Old Navys tend to be. The sheer size and give-away prices are magnets for people all year round, esp. before a transition (school starting, camp starting, holidays), and as much as I regard a store like this as a good thing in terms of affordability for the masses, I would not appreciate Forest Hills being deluged by the masses more than it already is. Bang Bang was awful too, but it went out of business–couldn’t bring in the traffic. Old Navy wouldn’t have that problem.

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  • 4. Peter  |  December 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    I’ll believe this when I see it, but considering that Gap and Banana Republic seem to be doing well, I’m not surprised that they’d want to bring in an Old Navy, too. It’d make more sense across from the Gap where Mandees and Annie Sez are vacating, though.

    (Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy are all owned by the same company, in case you didn’t know…)

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