Yet another retailer quits S.F. downtown mall as ‘dead mall’ status kicks in
In a quiet exodus from the city’s largest shopping center, Hollister, a subsidiary of Abercrombie & Fitch, ceased operations at the Westfield San Francisco Centre last December, following the departure of shoe retailer Adidas earlier in the month. Notably, the San Francisco location is no longer listed on the brand’s official website.
Founded in 2000 as a budget-friendly sibling of Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister specialized in beach-inspired apparel for teenagers. However, the brand has encountered difficulties since 2018, including numerous prominent store closures. Abercrombie & Fitch did not respond to immediate requests for comment regarding the San Francisco closure.
The Westfield San Francisco Centre, situated at 865 Market St., has recently witnessed a string of business closures, including the Lego Store, Cinemark movie theater, and major tenant Nordstrom. The mall’s future remains uncertain following the default on a $558 million mortgage by previous owners Westfield and Brookfield, leading to a relinquishment of control amidst downtown San Francisco’s struggles with declining foot traffic and crime concerns.
Trident Pacific assumed management of the mall last fall and may potentially explore a sale after implementing a turnaround strategy. Despite the closure in San Francisco, Hollister maintains a presence in the Bay Area, with twelve other stores operational across the region. With this in mind, it doesn’t bode well for the future of the mall.