“After repeated break-in attempts over the last year, and more broken windows than we can count, we recently made the tough decision to close down the High Road Bike Shop,” reads the message of the electric bike store’s website. “We are currently selling all of our existing inventory at 30%-50% off.”
Another retail outlet closes in San Francisco. And San Francisco’s office vacancy rate is 30%.
“Before High Road Bike Co. opened there, it was Acote. It also closed due to theft,” a San Francisco friend told the Globe Wednesday. Acote was a French clothing store.
And now, in the same location, the Hayes Valley bike shop closes after rain and crime, but owner is ‘not giving up on S.F’ the Chronicle reports.
“Months of rain, an overall economic downturn, and repeated break-in attempts ultimately led to the decision to close the shop,” said owner Chris Callaway. There were “more broken windows than we can count” at the store at 597 Hayes St., he said.
I got a jolt at the Pac Height Whole Foods Sat when a junkie brushed past me, grabbed a bottle of whisky, and breezed out of the store. An employee and security guard were five feet away. "That guy just stole some alcohol!", I said. "We know", they said, doing nothing. pic.twitter.com/509RMOHBGX
— Fava Mandies (@FavaMandies) April 18, 2023
The other Whole Foods announced its closure in April. Our friend explained:
“I have been patronizing Whole Foods on Market and 8th street 3-4 times a week since its opening in March 2022 and become well-acquainted with their store staff, security guards, and their regular patrons (the paying ones and the free loaders).
Whenever I was in the store, I always witnessed brazen shoplifting and verbal and physical abuses on the store employees which led the store to cut its operating hours.
One time, I witnessed a drug overdose in the store’s restroom which led the store to require a receipt of proof-of-purchase for their customers to access the restroom.”
“If anybody believes that crimes are down and San Francisco is safe, I have a bridge in San Francisco to sell to them.”
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