Anthropologie and Office Depot have joined San Francisco’s mass retail exodus as a total of 17 stores have already packed their bags and left the city by the bay.
According to San Francisco Chronicle. As a result, the shop will not have a location in the city.
An employee confirmed Tuesday that the Office Depot on Third Street will be closing, but the exact closing date is unknown. The store has a larger store on Geary Boulevard, which will not close.
The two stores join a growing list of 17 that have now ditched the coastal city’s Union Square neighborhood, including H&M, Marshall’s, Gap, Banana Republic, and more.
Despite official reports that San Francisco’s crime rate is declining, one former prosecutor said this month that the city’s liberal attorney general’s decision not to prosecute many crimes has skewed those numbers.
Market Street Anthropologie University (pictured) will close its doors on May 13
An employee confirmed Tuesday that the Office Depot, located on Third Street, (pictured) will also close, but the exact closing date is unknown.
Gap was the first to announce its departure in August 2020, followed shortly by H&M and Marshall’s. As the years went by, more and more stores slowly pulled out.
Union Square had a difficult time recovering after the pandemic as shoppers failed to return to the popular shopping site.
San Francisco, as a whole, has had trouble recovering as the city’s population continues to battle a crime epidemic, revealed most recently by the murder of Cash App CEO Bob Lee and the brutal daylight attack on the city’s former fire commissioner.
Although crime is down about eight percent, compared to the same period last year, stores are starting to lock up merchandise.
Target’s San Francisco store has closed its entire product range behind security.
A video posted to TikTok on April 20 shows all of the items being locked away from customers.
According to the geotagged photos, some of the products in the store on Folsom Street have been behind glass since at least October of last year, WNCT reports.
The two stores join a growing list of 17 that have now ditched the coastal city’s Union Square neighborhood, including H&M, Marshall’s, Gap, and Banana Republic, among others.
Although the crime rate has decreased, compared to the same time last night, stores have started locking up goods and packing their bags to avoid rampant crime.
A Target spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Like other retailers, organized retail crime is a concern across all of our businesses. We take proactive measures to keep our teams and guests safe while deterring and preventing theft. These mitigation efforts include hiring additional security guards, adding outside janitorial services at select locations, and using new technologies and tools to protect merchandise from theft.
“We are working with legislators, law enforcement, and retail industry partners to support public policy that will help achieve our goals of creating a safe environment in our stores and keeping our doors open in communities across the country.”
In addition, one of the largest supermarkets in downtown San Francisco closed its doors only a year after its opening due to widespread drug use, theft and aggressive behavior towards employees.
A Target, located on Folsom Street, has many items behind glass
Organic food giant Whole Foods opened a new “flagship” location at Trinity Place in the city’s Tenderloin district in March 2022, but closed its doors a year later.
A Whole Foods spokesperson announced the store’s closure last night due to safety concerns for its employees amid widespread drug use, theft and aggressive behavior in the area (Pictured: Homeless people consume drugs at street camps in downtown San Francisco)
Organic food giant Whole Foods opened a new ‘flagship’ location at Trinity Place in the city’s Tenderloin district in March 2022, hoping to revitalize footfall after two years of tough COVID-19 restrictions that have hit businesses in the area hard.
But a Whole Foods spokesperson announced the store’s closure last night due to safety concerns for its employees. “We are only closing our Trinity site for now,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “If we feel we can ensure the safety of our team members in store, we will evaluate reopening our Trinity site.”
A city council source said San Francisco standard The company cited worsening street conditions around drug use and crime near the store as driving factors behind the closure.
Industry groups have noted a problem with theft, with the National Retail Federation saying organized retail crime returns stores nearly $100 billion annually, according to a 2022 survey.
The survey found that in 2021, retailers saw a 27 percent increase in thefts by organized criminal gangs. To address this issue, they have invested more money in safety and security measures to protect employees, customers and merchandise.