What Starbucks and Barry Bonds Have in Common

Ad Age's Exclusive Ranking of Retail Foursquare Check-In Data

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Say what you will about Barry Bonds, the guy put up some inhuman numbers in his day. He wasn't scraping by as a league leader. He was lapping the entirety of major-league baseball, including many others who have also been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. Salon.com's sports writer, King Kaufman, would often point out that for a number of metrics, the gap between Bonds at No. 1 and the player at No. 2 was as large as the gap between No. 2 and, say, number 14. That's how far ahead Bonds was.

And that's where Starbucks continues to sit in our weekly Foursquare check-in chart. With 169,000 check-ins this week they are as far ahead of McDonald's at No. 2 (55,000) as the Golden Arches are ahead of the Ad Age Chicago office (zero check-ins).

MERCHANT CHECK-INS (PAST 7 DAYS) WEEK OVER WEEK CHANGE
1 Starbucks Starbucks 169,326 15%
2 McDonald's McDonald's 54,730 NC
3 Walmart Walmart 36,135 9%
4 Target  Target 35,274 16%
5 Apple Apple 20,632 6%
6 Best Buy Best Buy 16,304 24%
7 Costco Costco 14,066 6%
8 Ikea Ikea 12,969 7%
9 Chipotle Chipotle 11,855 20%
10 Burger King Burger King 11,490 NC

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