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Feb. 27, 2022


The interior design of a Crate & Barrel Store.

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As more information is revealed about the 250,000-square-foot Ikea mall slated to take over San Francisco’s mid-Market, another popular home decor and furniture retailer downtown has announced it is permanently closing its doors.

The Crate & Barrel at 55 Stockton Street in Union Square will shutter on March 23, an employee told SFGATE on Sunday afternoon, and the store has already begun to roll out sample sales in order to liquidate its stock. When asked why, the employee referred SFGATE the Illinois-based chain to a spokesperson. The spokesperson did not respond by the time of publication.

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The Crate and Barrel store is located in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping area.

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But if previous retail closures are any indication – Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, and two Walgreens have all shuttered in recent months — it’s an ongoing battle for companies to keep their brick-and-mortar stores afloat as customers turn to online shopping alternatives. The Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno, a 51-year old mall, will also be closing soon to make room for a huge biotech campus as well as housing.

That said, customers looking to shop for luxury home goods in person won’t have to go far. Crate & Barrel has CB2, which has a shop around the corner at 34 Ellis Street. It will remain open, a Crate & Barrel employee confirmed to SFGATE. The company also AcquiredHudson Grace, a San Francisco home decor and gift shop, has a new location in Presidio Heights.

Crate & Barrel operates 97 stores in the United States, along with other Bay Area locations located in Corte Madera and Walnut Creek, Palo Alto Livermore, San Jose, and Vacaville.

Amanda Bartlett, a culture reporter for SFGATE. Before joining the newsroom in 2019, Bartlett worked at the Roxie Theater and Noise Pop. Bartlett graduated from the University of Iowa and lives in San Francisco.

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