Mayor London Breed Wants to Put $6M Toward Fixing Up Powell Street, Filling Empty Storefronts
The three blocks of Powell Street between Union Square and Market Street are being made a priority in SF Mayor London Breed's proposed new budget, with money being aimed at beautifying sidewalks and finding tenants for some big, vacant stores.
Lots of Big Retail Stores Are Closing In Big Cities, and It Has Everything to Do With Economics
While we're living in the days of the very loud, hard-to-counter narrative of San Francisco's "doom loop" and general perceived death, at least some experts are trying to make it known that San Francisco's downtown problems are hardly unique.
T-Mobile Flagship at Market and Stockton Becomes 12th Union Square Store to Close/Announce Closure Since November
The big, two-level T-Mobile store in what was formerly the Apple Store at the foot of Stockton Street in San Francisco has just abruptly closed, creating the next in a mounting list of vacancies in Union Square and the downtown core.
Ross Dress For Less Wants to Take Over the Saks Off Fifth Location at Fifth and Market Street
There’s already a Ross Dress for Less at Fourth and Market Streets, and now there may be another just one block away at Fifth and Market Streets, though it’s unclear if Ross is adding a new store or just moving.
Brazen Walgreens Thief Charged With Hitting Eight Stores In One Month
A suspect who was arrested Saturday in connection with multiple Walgreens and CVS robberies — allegedly conducted in plain sight of staff and security guards — has been charged with 15 counts of robbery, grand theft, and burglary.
SF Retail Was Hurting Before the Pandemic; Will Post-COVID SF Still Look Like a Ghost Town For Years?
Union Square. Hayes Valley. The Castro. In these and other neighborhoods around the city, no amount of parklet dining and drinking can make up for the fact that, on some blocks, there are more empty storefronts than there are active ones.
Will the Pandemic Retail Apocalypse Push SF Neighborhoods to Ease Formula Retail Rules?
The pandemic and recession may be reason enough to ease at least some of the restrictions that have kept chain stores of all kinds from populating empty retail spaces, now that neighborhoods like Hayes Valley are looking pretty grim.
Beloved San Mateo Toy Store, Talbot's Toyland, Is Closing After 66 Years
Kids who grew up in the Bay Area are lamenting the loss of a seven-decade-old toy retailer in San Mateo that was a mecca in a legion of local childhoods. Citing the "retail apocalypse," the iconic Talbot's Toyland with its huge T-Rex in the entry is calling it quits.