Last summer, an invading 7-Eleven pushed out a local convenience store from the corner of 20th St. and 3rd Ave. The owner of Gramercy Corner reported at the time that 7-Eleven had taken away 25-30% of his business. Luckily, he found a new spot nearby, albeit a much smaller one.
But chains beget more chains. The 7-Eleven has attracted a new neighbor into Gramercy Corner's old space. It's one of the usual choices:
Behind that orange plywood lies a new Orange Leaf frozen yogurt shop.
Orange Leaf, like 7-Eleven and so many other chains, is spreading rapidly and aggressively, a fact they celebrate. Their website announces "235 stores and 138 coming" and "new stores open every week!" It features a map with the slogan, "We came, we conquered." In New York City, they've got 5 stores "coming spoon!" [sic], including this one.
The company hails from Oklahoma. They're coming and they're conquering. Don't they know we're already drowning in this crap?