The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) today unveiled a new district retail strategy for the 30-block historic waterfront neighborhood. The strategy is a renewed effort to strengthen the district’s commercial mix, celebrate the area’s fishing industry, and create new interest in the area from both local residents and visitors. The comprehensive document focuses on business, entertainment, appearance, safety, marketing, and the public realm.Read More
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) today released a 70-page retail strategy report that outlines its vision for luring more locals to the city's top tourist destination.
The comprehensive document, a year in the making, focuses on business, entertainment, appearance, safety, marketing and the public realm. It’s packed with statistics and input from visitors and local stakeholders, including businesspeople and approximately 6,000 neighborhood residents.Read More
As more big-box stores declare bankruptcy and announce closures, landlords are dealing with more large, vacant spaces. Many Bay Area landlords see these vacant spaces as an opportunity instead of a death knell. Examples from this article include Fisherman's Wharf property Ghirardelli Square, owned and operated by Jamestown Properties.Read More
SAN FRANCISCO, June 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf has completed an extensive remodeling and renovation embracing the nautical spirit of this historic neighborhood. The five-story, 285-guest-room Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf includes 14 suites and 9,152 square feet of meeting space. The property is managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts. Ideally located near Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, the property is within walking distance to most major attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Ghirardelli Square, the North Beach District, the famous Cable Cars, as well as AT&T Stadium and Chinatown.Read More
Ghirardelli Square looks to be adding another newcomer to the fold: a small batch craft brewery, courtesy of the San Francisco Brewing Co.
The only concrete details for now come via the pending liquor licenseassociated with the project, with a DBA that also hints at an associated taproom. The Ghirardelli Square folks told Inside Scoop that dates, hours, offerings and other details should be confirmed in the next week or so.
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It’s been almost four years since developers proposed removing the vacant building on the 400 block of Bay Street that was once Ginsberg’s Dublin Pub in favor of a new hotel. According to the planning application, Rainflower Hotel, a new, 13-room tourist hotel will be built in a 4-story-over-basement, 40-foot tall, approximately 15,000 gsf building at the former Ginsberg site.Read More
Thousands of mall-based stores are shutting down in what's fast becoming one of the biggest waves of retail closures in decades.
More than 3,500 stores are expected to close in the next couple of months.
Department stores like JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and Kmart are among the companies shutting down stores, along with middle-of-the-mall chains like Crocs, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Guess.Read More
Y-Pulse has released a study examining dining experiences of Millennial consumers (18-34 year olds), and what drives the same consumer to very different types of food experiences outside the home.Read More
Marbles: The Brain Store has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and wants to close its 37 brick-and-mortar stores. The Chicago-based puzzle and game retailer wants to wind down its brick-and-mortar presence while trying to sell intellectual property related to its e-commerce and wholesale business. Unfortunately, reports say due to a “dramatic downturn” during the holiday 2016 season, the retailer was left short on cash. To note, as of 02/27/17 the Jefferson St. location in Fisherman's Wharf has closed.Read More
The Hotel Zephyr which went through a multi-million dollar renovation in the past few years is now working on upgrading the retail facades of the their storefronts located on Mason, Jefferson and Powell Streets.Read More
In 2016 the Fisherman's Grotto Restaurant was sold by the Geraldi Family who had operated a restaurant there since 1935. The building itself is quite large for a restaurant so the new owners have been working with the Port of San Francsico to create a new restaurant and fish market experience in the nearly 19,000 square feet of space.Read More
In order to be better informed about the retail strategy we need to look at what is happening in the retail and restaurant industry. Throughout the process we will be sharing articles that will help inform the overall project.
On 12/30/2016, Thrillist published the following article "There's a Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, and it's about to Burst." Link to the article here.Read More
The FWCBD has hired San Francisco based consulting firms Seifel Consulting Inc. and lowercase productions to create a comprehensive Retail Strategy Document. Through this dynamic process, strategic retail recommendations will be used to enhance and potentially diversify the current retail landscape and to increase investment in the district.Read More