SHOPPERS will have to find a new store to shop at after a department store announced its plans to close two locations in one city.
Nordstrom is known for its luxury brands and high fashion inventory.
This includes the flagship location in the Westfield Mall, which will close on July 1.
The second is the Nordstrom Rack location on Market Street which will be shuttered by the end of August.
Nordstrom officials attributed the closings to expiring leases, but lower foot traffic and fears regarding crime in the area contributed to the decision.
“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,” executives said in an internal email obtained by WABC.
Westfield has also suggested “rampant criminal activity” had a hand in the choice to shutter the stores.
“The planned closure of Nordstrom underscores the deteriorating situation in downtown San Francisco,” the company 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.”
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Westfield officials weren’t exaggerating in their statement.
Reports alleged that employees had been threatened with sticks, knives, and guns while trying to work.
There were also reports of drug use close to the store.
In an effort to remain in business, the company hired security to try and combat theft and ease the mind of shoppers.
The store had only been open for a year before it had to close.
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