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Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Three Chains Angling For Castro Street Openings

Philz Coffee, Hamburger Mary’s and SoulCycle are all angling to land on Castro Street and the one hearing which could clear the way for all three to land on the street has been scheduled for December 4. As proposed, SoulCycle will take over the iconic Bank of America building... Read More »

Economists: Formula Retail Controls Could Hurt Consumers/Economy

Economists: Formula Retail Controls Could Hurt Consumers/Economy

Prepared in response to proposed legislation which would further expand formula retail controls in San Francisco, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has concluded that formula retail controls could actually hurt consumers and the local economy. Research by the OEA suggests that local retailers charge prices that average... Read More »

Will San Francisco’s Planning Commission Just Do It For Nike?

Will San Francisco’s Planning Commission Just Do It For Nike?

With the Metro Theater conversion nearing completion next door, San Francisco’s Planning Commission is set to vote on whether to allow Nike to take over and renovate the former Rugby storefront at 2071 Union Street which has sat vacant since January of 2013. Despite being formula retail, the Planning... Read More »

A Flip-Flop For Pet Food Express And Formula Retail In SF?

A Flip-Flop For Pet Food Express And Formula Retail In SF?

Due to “public opposition based on the competitive advantage of Formula Retail,” San Francisco’s Planning Commission voted 5 to 2 to deny Pet Food Express’ application to renovate and occupy the former Blockbuster Video store on Lombard at Divisadero in 2009. The site has sat vacant since. With a... Read More »

The Formula For Success Or Protectionism In San Francisco?

The Formula For Success Or Protectionism In San Francisco?

In 2004, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors adopted San Francisco’s first “formula retail” use controls, adding Section 703.3 (“Formula Retail Uses”) to San Francisco’s Planning Code to establish a definition of formula retail and a regulatory framework “to protect a diverse retail base with distinct neighborhood retailing personalities comprised... Read More »

The Chips Don’t Fall In Chipotle’s Favor: Request Denied

The Chips Don’t Fall In Chipotle’s Favor: Request Denied

Following the Planning Department’s reasoning and recommendation, San Francisco’s Planning Commission has denied Chipotle’s application to renovate and occupy the empty one-story building at 2100 Market Street, formerly home to “Home” which vacated the building in 2011. Keep in mind that the Commission’s rejection of Chipotle’s request was based... Read More »

Chipotle’s Designs For Upper Market And Planning’s Opposition

Chipotle’s Designs For Upper Market And Planning’s Opposition

Renovating for profit can be a great way of making money, such as in this case study. This week, San Francisco’s Planning Commission is set to review and vote on Chipotle’s request to renovate and occupy the vacant one-story building at 2100 Market Street which was last occupied by... Read More »

A New Formula For Keeping Out Foreign Threats

Hayes Valley was the first neighborhood in San Francisco to ban formula retail (i.e., “chain stores”), having adopted the ban nearly a decade ago in order to block Starbucks from opening on Hayes Street. As written, the formula retail ban blocks businesses with eleven (11) or more retail stores... Read More »

Target On Geary, Yea!  Unleashed By PETCO On Geary, Nea!

Target On Geary, Yea! Unleashed By PETCO On Geary, Nea!

While the Planning Department recommends the Planning Commission approve the request to open the formula retail known as Target at 2675 Geary, the Department recommends the Commission disapprove the request to open the formula retail known as Unleashed by PETCO at 5411 Geary, the site of a former formula... Read More »