What's the closest (chain store for which people have a remarkable longing)?

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Following up on Chuck's much-commented Soapox post about chains people would like to see come to the Capital Region, we figured it'd be fun (if that's the word) to see where the closest current locations are for some of the most-mentioned chains.

The list is after the jump, sorted from closest to farthest. Aside from IKEA, we're not sure why you'd necessarily drive all that distance for one of these places -- but, hey, to each their own (chain).

Kingston, New York -- 54 miles

West Springfield, Massachusetts -- 84 miles

Whole Foods
Hadley, Massachusetts -- 98 miles

Trader Joe's
Hadley, Massachusetts -- 99 miles

East Hartford, Connecticut -- 116 miles

Stew Leonard's
Newington, Connecticut -- 123 miles
A location in Danbury, Connecticut is 122 miles away, but Google Maps says it's a five minute longer drive.

White Castle
Nanuet, New York -- 123 miles

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey -- 127 miles

Paramus, New Jersey -- 130 miles

Paramus, New Jersey -- 132 miles

Fayetteville, New York (just outside Syracuse) -- 141 miles
A new location opens in Northborough, Massachusetts this fall -- it will be 138 miles away.

Waffle House
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania (near Scranton) -- 189 miles

Allen, Texas (near Dallas) -- 1,638 miles


Sonic is close enough that it doesn't even belong on this list...

Make sure you go to Chick-Fil-A on Saturday, they're all closed on Sunday. Of course, any Chick-Fil-A fan would know that.

Four of those places are near my hometown (five, if you count the Stew Leonards just past the TZ bridge in Westchester). And even though I was so close to them, I rarely went to those places, except for Ikea... which was heaven.

Having drivien the 98+ miles to Whole Foods and Trader Joes, I totally understand. And if you have ever been served a cherry limeade by someone on skates at Sonic, you'd understand that too. And IKEA requires no explanation. At all.

I didn't realize Kingston was that close...

slightly ashamed to admit to retail vacations wherein my husband and i have planned camping around going to ikea in stoughton, MA. a tip- if you go to ikea in paramus, there is a trader joe's on the other side of the street. while there is not cabela's there, there is camp-mor.

So, Chick-fil-a, TJ's and IKEA all in Paramus. A road trip is definitely in my future.

Paramus also has a really nice Whole Foods. We find it to be worth the trip every once in awhile- WF, TJs and IKEA.

Paramus NJ is one the ugliest, most annoyingly laid-out places I've ever had the misfortune of driving through. I make my IKEA stops on New Haven CT.

Ryan, I can back you up on that. Went to the Ikea there awhile ago, and then tried to go to the Trader Joe's (not quite across the street, Jeri, but less than a quarter mile away) and it took us almost an hour to get there. An hour of getting stuck on random little highways, getting off in the middle of residential neighborhoods and then realizing there is no way to get back on what you were just on.... Ahhh! It was a nightmare.

Wow, there's a Chick-Fil-A in Jersey?? Also, it appears that Hadley, MA is a place to go. I'll have to do some research to see if it has anything else going for it.

White Castle needs to happen. Period.

IKEA is the only one of those i would drive that far for, and I chose New Haven, its a much more interesting drive than going down the Thruway. Then again, what isnt more interesting than going down the Thruway?

I find myself making a trip to New Jersey's Route 17 shopping corridor every few months. It's worth the drive! There's a new Hampton Inn on the strip so I make it an overnight shopping trip. IKEA, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Trader Joe's, Christmas Tree Shop, several shopping malls... too many stores to mention. Forget the outlets, they're a waste of my time! Gas is cheaper down there, too, so I make sure I fill up my tank before heading back. And they pump the gas for you, too!

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