Nordstrom to Shutter Both Downtown San Francisco Stores Citing High Crime and Lack of Law Enforcement

by J Pelkey
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Another major chain has discovered that it’s extremely difficult to operate in filthy, crime-ridden, drug-infested liberal hellholes in the United States.

Nordstrom plans to close both of its Downtown San Francisco stores, citing high crime and lack of law enforcement.

The retailer has chosen not to renew its lease inside the Westfield Mall and will also close a nearby Nordstrom Rack downtown.

The retailer confirmed the closures in an email to employees on Tuesday.

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The Westfield Mall Nordstrom and the Nordstrom Rack will close at the end of August and on July 1, respectively.

The news of Nordstrom’s downtown exit comes less than a month after Whole Foods closed its flagship store in downtown San Francisco a little over a year after opening its doors due to high crime and public drug use near the store.

“The planned closure of Nordstrom underscores the deteriorating situation in downtown San Francisco,” The Westfield Mall and its owner, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said. “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.”

“URW 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 Westfield Mall spokesperson said.

“The current environment is not sustainable for the community, or businesses, and we are hopeful the City will implement the changes that are so urgently needed.”

As of today, a total of 20 retailers have shuttered stores or announced closures in the Union Square area since 2020, according to The San Francisco Standard.

ABC 7 News reported:

Nordstrom is planning to close both of its Downtown San Francisco stores, choosing not to renew its lease inside of Westfield Mall, the store confirmed Tuesday.

It will also close the nearby Downtown Nordstrom Rack.

The Nordstrom Rack on Market Street’s last day of business will be July 1, and the Nordstrom inside Westfield Mall is slated to close at the end of August.

The company’s chief stores officer wrote in an email to staff 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.”

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