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Duane Reade and NYC

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An Observer article ponders why the city has had such a harsh reaction to Walmart, but seems to unconditionally love Duane Reade (most of the time). The story twists and turns, but we think this could be why: "Duane Reade is an inevitable retail experience for New Yorkers; a place to fill a birth control prescription when drunk at 3 a.m. on the Upper West Side or buy milk on a Sunday morning in Bedford-Stuyvesant." [Observer]