Stories have appeared in recent months about the retail vacancy problem that's been highly visible in North Beach and the Castro, but one of the city's longstanding destinations for boutique retail seems to be suffering in similar fashion.
Hayes Valley has seen the closures in recent months and years of Gather, Gant, Steven Alan, Arlequin Cafe, and Rand + Statler (the latter is becoming a second SF outpost for Allbirds), and today Hoodline brings word that Will Leather Goods is also closing after four years on the street.
Apart from Union Square, Valencia Street, and the Upper Haight, Hayes Valley is one of the city's primary nodes for retail shopping, and the spate of closures may point to the broader retail-pocalypse that's affecting all parts of the country — as more and more people opt to shop online.
Will Leather Goods was founded in Venice, California seven years ago, and expanded to SF as well as Portland, Eugene, and Austin in recent years. Four years ago it took over the defunct Zonal space.
Turnover is, of course, a constant reality in malls and shopping strips everywhere, but Hayes Valley of all places enjoys healthy weekend and weekday foot traffic, as well as dining destinations and retail synergies that most neighborhoods wish they had.