An analysis of this year's CUF report, which lists a total of277 chains by number of locations and provides year-over-yearcomparisons for 167 of them, finds that the 53 retailers thatexpanded in the past 12 months have added 310 New York Citylocations. The 62 national chains that have shed retail space sincea year ago closed a total of 245 stores.

Biggest of the gainers was Dunkin' Donuts, which has seen a netincrease of 88 locations citywide despite losing 12 of itsfranchises to Canadian rival Tim Hortons last month. The Canton,MA-based donut giant now has 429 stores across the five boroughs,ranking it as the city's biggest, although in Manhattan its 105locations are dwarfed by the 193 of Starbucks.

All of the top five national chains added locations citywideover the past 12 months, including Subway, up 26 locations to 361;McDonald's, up 10 locations to 258; Starbucks, which ties for thirdplace with a net gain of 23 despite closing some locations; andDuane Reade, which added 13 stores for its current total of 229.Other double-digit gainers were Walgreen's, with 16 new locations;and T. Mobile, with 14.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.