Is the Blog Mightier than the Sword? Say No to DRUGS store chains

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Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

Back in July I wrote a post  Say No to DRUGS store chains, after discovering that 4 of my long-time neighborhood mom and pop retailers were being forced out of business to make way for a mega-Walgreens store.

I expressed my opinion that another Walgreens was not wanted on the Upper West side of Manhattan since we already have drugstore chains on every block. I received numerous comments from members throughout the country that were saddened by the big box malls replacing the ethnicity and small store flavor that was once the face of Manhattan.

Since July this is how my once vibrant block looks like now: Boarded up gutted interior with billboards. This is a familiar look throughout Manhattan. Landlords are not renewing leases from small retailers because they prefer to stay empty until a mega national big box chain comes along willing to pay much more for the space.

All this time, I thought Walgreens was working on the interiors and they would be opening soon. Until I saw this sign the other day: The Walgreens deal fell through. Maybe they read my blog. :)

While it's too late for The Malaysia Grill and the Korean grocer and flower shop since the four stores have already been turned into 6,500 square feet of retail space.

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Say No to DRUGS store chains!

 

While I'm really happy we won't be getting a Walgreens I'm hoping it won't be another drug store chain or bank.

Whole Foods if you're reading this blog please give Christine a call. I hear you are planning a store on 100th Street and Columbus Avenue. IMHO Broadway at 87th Street is a better location for a Whole Foods store.

 

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Desiree Daniels
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::::clappin':::::    Couldn't agree with you more.   Its a nation wide epidemic.  I have 8 national chain drug stores in a one mile radius.    What does this say about our population?
Jan 24, 2008 09:26 AM #1
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Lenn Harley
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Mitchell.  What about small real estate offices????    They are being reduced in numbers dramatically.  The megas are overtaking us on the Internet, which is a good source of business, but the megas will bury us eventually with big bucks web network, national advertising, etc. 

What are the real estate offices in your neighborhood?  In my neighborhood they are Long and Foster, Wcichert, Coldwell Banker, Remax.  No small guys on the radar. 

Jan 24, 2008 09:45 AM #2
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Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC

Desiree, I guess it says we're a population on drugs. I don't know how some of these places stay in business.

Lenn, We still have some small real estate companies. My company is Coldwell Banker but we are privately owned we have the franchise for Manhattan. Halstead is a big firm but not national, they are owned by the same owners of Brown Harris Stevens (big but only local) Corcoran is now owned by NRT. Douglass Elliman is Prudential. Bellmarc is one of the largest firms but they are also only local. We don't have Remax, Long and Foster or Keller Williams yet. We have a couple of boutiques firms on Broadway - Fenwick Keats and JC Dinero but most small firms are usually in office buildings rather than retail.

Jan 24, 2008 10:13 AM #3
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
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Interesting blog, Mitchell. 
I also find it sad how so many of the little uniques stores went out of business when those big chains came to town.
Our downtown kind of died a bit for awhile...however I'm happy to say it is now experiencing a period of revitalization (thanks in big part to my broker who refurbished a beautiful old theatre down there and re-opened it to live events and also moved our office downtown into a beautifully re-done old building). 

I think people get tired of the soul-lessness of those big operators and are now leaning back towards the homey feeling of smaller, more personal stores. It really seems to come down to price for a lot of people though, in the end.

Good luck with Whole Foods or someone similar moving into your neighbourhood...

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Jo 

Jan 24, 2008 10:25 AM #4
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Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
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Hi Jo-Anne, Your office and refurbished theatre sound fabulous. I hear you about prices, but the funny thing is these big chains are often more expensive than the small stores. I hope the small stores make a come back. Thanks for the good wishes.
Jan 24, 2008 11:48 AM #5
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Wow Mitchell! Yeah I'm happy for you that you are not getting a chain store but the Whole Foods idea sounds good! or how about a Trader Joe's! LOL   Maybe they did read your blog :-)
Jan 27, 2008 05:36 PM #6
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Marchel Peterson
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Mitchell, I just came to visit my daughter in Kew Garden and she was telling me that the little grocery store she used to go to when she lived in Manhattan had closed its doors.  It is sad seeing the Mom & Pop stores disappear.  She lived in Stuyvesant Town when she lived in Manhattan.
Jan 27, 2008 09:29 PM #7
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Mitchell J Hall
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Carole, I hear we are getting a Trader Joes in the neighborhood. I think 6500 s.f. is probably too small for whole foods.

Marchel,  Kew Gardens is very nice. Stuyvesant Town was sold and it is supposed to become luxury condos. Its too bad because they were nice affordable apartments.

Jan 28, 2008 08:09 AM #8
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Concetta Pepenella-Timmons
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HI Mitchell !

Activerain blog has given Realtors a new voice. And, everyone is watching and listening.  Full time seasoned Realtors know the neighborhood and our input counts.  I like change but, responsibilty to preserve the neighborhood and its past is very important. Staten Island has its own growing pains as Manhattan you can read on my blog site. Preserving Americana including Mom & Pop stores is now.  Sometimes the almighty dollar can make one blind.

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Intersting blogs,

I think people get tired of the soul-lessness of those big operators and are now leaning back towards the homey feeling of smaller, more personal stores. It really seems to come down to price for a lot of people though, in the end.

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