Remember the prediction before the IHOP opened in Downtown Brooklyn in December that "it's not going to be open for long"? Uh, not exactly. Today's Post reports that they've been selling massive quantities of Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruities down on Livingston Street since December. So many, in fact, that the IHOP is "ranked top in sales among the breakfast-focused chain's 1,300 stores." The downtown spot has show such a hunger in Brooklyn is so hungry for IHOP that the chain is planning to open three more Brooklyn locations. It's all part of a big chain store invasion that's detailed in this month's Real Deal and includes Target, JC Penny and, you know, Starbucks, but so far, no Apple. Brooklyn's added 1.9 million square feet of retail space since 2002, but still has only six square feet of shopping space per resident versus 22 feet for the average American. More is coming.
· B'klyn is Making Chain-ge [NYP]
· Chain Stores Add Links in Brooklyn [Real Deal]
· Downtown Brooklyn is Now Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity [Curbed]