Nordstrom is planning to close both of its Downtown San Francisco stores, choosing not to renew its lease obligations at its location in the Westfield Mall. It will also close a second nearby Downtown Nordstrom Rack.
The retailer confirmed the closures on Tuesday. In an email to employees, the company's chief stores officer wrote that "the dynamics of the downtown San Francisco market have changed dramatically over the past several years, impacting customer foot traffic to our stores and our ability to operate successfully."
The two planned closures represent about 357,500 square feet of retail space, according to the San Francisco Business Times, which first reported Nordstrom's plans. The Westfield mall Nordstrom and the Nordstrom Rack will close at the end of August and on July 1, respectively.
The Westfield mall and its owner, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said in a statement that the planned closure "underscores the deteriorating situation in Downtown San Francisco."
"The planned closure of Nordstrom underscores the deteriorating situation in Downtown San Francisco," said a spokesperson for the mall. "A growing number of retailers and businesses are leaving the area due to the unsafe conditions for customers, retailers, and employees, coupled with the fact that these significant issues are preventing an economic recovery of the area."
"[Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield] has actively engaged with city leaders for many years to express our serious concerns, which are shared by our customers and retailers. We have urged the city to find solutions to the key issues and lack of enforcement against rampant criminal activity," the statement read.
As of today, a total of 20 retailers have shuttered stores or announced closures in the Union Square area since 2020, up from 17 just a week ago.
While many of these closures are in the district officially known as Union Square, many are located on the surrounding streets, including the San Francsico Centre and the areas on the south side of Market Street.
A spokesperson for Mayor London Breed of pointed to a number of public safety efforts in the area, including two dedicated police officers inside Westfield mall and community ambassadors deployed in the area, and said it had worked to improve the long-term viability of retailers.
"The City worked with [Westfield] to approve an office allocation and plan to reduce Nordstrom’s square footage and bring in additional office uses to the property. This plan made it through the Planning Commission but no further steps were taken on this plan," said a spokesperson. "Westfield then began speaking about other options for redevelopment. The City has been eager to get a concrete plan from them that we could explore, however, they never brought us anything for review."
Union Square Area Store Closures Since 2020
A total of 20 retailers in or near SF's Union Square have shuttered or announced plans to close since 2020. Click on the retailer's name for more information about each closure.