Tag Archives: formula retail

The Planning Commission's seven members. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Potential New Restrictions on SF Formula Retail Face Opposition

Stronger restrictions on formula retail — chain stores — could be coming to San Francisco in the next few months, but they are facing significant opposition, a Planning Commission meeting last night showed. In the Mission, the Valencia Street commercial corridor and its merchants’ association has a history of fiercely opposing formula retail, most notably with its opposition to the entry...
The vacant storefront in the middle could have been a Jack Spade.  Next door, Idol Vintage recently moved out.  Photo by Lydia Chávez

More Big Brands Eye the Mission’s Edginess

“The Mission District.” It’s not just a place. It’s an idea. It’s a style. And for growing number of national and international retailers, it’s a desirable brand worthy of association. The English clothing store Fred Perry and the hat manufacturer Goorin Brothers are the latest companies interested in opening up stores in the Mission. Neither have immediate plans but both...
T-Mobile's Current Corner.  Photo by Rigoberto Hernandez

Rising Rents Push One Chain to Downsize

The rising retail rents of the Mission can make even a multi billion dollar international chain store balk. Citing a hike in their rent, the large T-Mobile store at the corner of 20th and Mission is moving into a smaller, presumably cheaper, locale down the block. In moving to a new location T-Mobile will go from a 3,000 square foot corner...
T-Mobile, a chain store that slipped through the cracks of previous formula retail regulation.

Formula Retail Report Pleases All, Satisfies None

In its 235-page opus on the city’s retail formula provisions, the Planning Department recommended changing the threshold for formula retail to 20 locations, up from 11 and including in that count all of a company’s global locations. The recommendations, which the Commission won’t vote on until July, comes in the wake of several recent public battles around formula retail across...
A rendering of the potential Jack Spade store on 16th Street. (Courtesy of Jack Spade)

Jack Spade: Chain Store or Not? Battle on 16th Street

The battle over Adobe Books’ former location heated up last week when the site’s new tenant, the high-end men’s retailer Jack Spade, had to halt construction. Work was stopped after a group of business owners with the Valencia Corridor Merchants Associations (VCMA) filed an appeal with the Planning Department alleging that Jack Spade, affiliated with luxury retailer Kate Spade, is...