Invasion of the Chain Stores
The expected opening of a major drug store retail chain is seen as the spectre of a coming flood of chains in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
"Bedford Avenue, which runs parallel to the waterfront for the entire length of Williamsburg, is a lively mix of the kind of retailers that have all but disappeared in Manhattan: independent coffee shops, record stores, drug stores, boutiques, jewelry stores, bookshops and even a local bank, Cross County Federal Savings Bank.
Now CVS is building a store in the Edge, another waterfront high-rise a block north of the Duane Reade on Kent Avenue. And it looks as if Starbucks may replace the ever-popular Bagel Store on Bedford Avenue when its lease runs out next year."