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.
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.