Five Guys Burgers And Fries
June 10, 2011 by USA Post
Five Guys Burgers And Fries, Stationers Park Heights, card and copy center that Park Slope was an institution than a quarter of a century, will soon be replaced by a burger franchise. A Five Guys burger and fries will open a store in Park Place at Flatbush Avenue, which has stood empty for almost a year. The loss of the beloved shop still and its replacement by a Virginia hamburger chain with more than 754 stores in North America marks another step in the “chainification” in the neighborhood.
There is already a Five Guys on Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street and three others already in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Metrotech Center and Bay Ridge). Two more are scheduled for Fort Greene and Cobble Hill.
Local traders were not surprised that another franchise would replace the neighborhood staple – increasingly independent store owners seem to be able to pay rents every time increading neighborhood.
“This is a privileged area. The rent is higher, sometimes dramatically higher. No one is going to get rich today,” said Mario Spinus, owner of Park Slope Wines & Liquors next door.
Commercial leases in the area usually fall in the range of 5,000 and 20,000 per month (and it is rumored that Starbucks stores out an incredible 30,000 for his seventh Avenue store.)
Sharon Davidson, executive director of the North Flatbush Business Improvement District said he believed the store and rent increased from about 16,000 to 22,000 and before it closed. According to a sign left by the owners at the door, closed the store “the increased cost of operation.”
The Five Guys menu is spare – hamburgers and cheeseburgers, small burgers and hamburgers, hot dogs and fries Cajun or regular. Prices are moderate, starting at 2.95 and the grilled vegetables, and 3.19 for regular and chips and 4.51 for the “little burger.”
“We follow the philosophy of focusing on some articles, and serve to the best of our ability,” the company says on its website.
“I’m not a fan of chains,” said Amelie Chabannes, an artist of 35 years who lives in Prospect Heights. “They break ties with the neighborhood,” he said. “They will not help if there is money in your wallet … and usually do not like their products.”
Hilary Fitzpatrick agreed. “Many of the chains move in paperwork that was there all my life,” said the 24-year-old, who grew up in Park Slope, but now lives in Mill Basin. She said she used to go to the store all the time as a child.
“They had bumper very well,” he said.
But despite the obvious objections of an international chain substitution of a small business district, some said there were more than happy to have the space it occupies, after nearly a year of vacancy.
“Of course we are always happy to have our unemployment rate down,” said Davidson, who noted that the vacancy rate for North Flatbush BID, which runs between Grand Army Plaza and Atlantic Avenue has been reduced 25 percent a few years ago to 10 percent today, with a projected vacancy rate of 5 percent by the end of the year.
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