(TheRedAlertNews.com) – A report reveals that luxury department store chain Nordstrom will shut down both of its venues in downtown San Francisco due to worsening crime in the Democrat-run city.
The closure of the Nordstrom stores in the Golden Gate City over the summer was revealed in an email the company’s chief stores office sent to its staff, The New York Post reports.
The message makes it clear that the Nordstrom store at Westfield Mall will be shut down by the end of August.
The other venue, the Nordstrom Rack on Market Street, will be closed down earlier, on July 1.
“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,” the Nordstrom chief stores officer informed the company staff, as cited by Abc7News.
The Post also quotes Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), owner of the Westfield Mall, which still hosts one of the Nordstrom stores slated for closing.
URW stated it had been begging the San Francisco government for help with safety and security, which is causing retailers to be “leaving in droves.”
“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,” the Westfield Mall owner 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,” the firm elaborated.
According to the NYP report, twenty retailers have closed their operations in San Francisco’s Union Square since 2020.
Last month saw a Whole Foods Market shutting down in San Francisco’s downtown due to crime. The store had been opened only months earlier.
It is noted that even though San Francisco’s violent crime rates are presently lower-than-average in comparison with other big cities in the United States, the California city has rates of property crimes such as burglary and theft that are greater than the national average.
A public opinion poll The San Francisco Chronicle reported in September 2022, which surveyed 1,653 residents, discovered that 45% of people in the city had been victims of theft in the preceding five years.
The same poll also found that 24% of San Francisco residents had either been the victim of a violent crime or had been threatened with violence during that period.
Run by an all-Democrat city council, San Francisco has become known as one of the American cities where leftist legislators, prosecutors, and activists have been implementing “soft-on-crime,” “justice reform,” and “defund the police” policies.
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