The LEGO store in the San Francisco Centre mall has officially closed, right in the middle of the Christmas retail season, joining a retail exodus from the city that is driven by crime, homelessness, drugs, and the nation’s slowest post-pandemic recovery.
As Breitbart News has noted, Westfield stopped making mortgage payments on the San Francisco Centre mall in June, after losing Nordstrom, which was its anchor tenant. Many other retail businesses, small and large, boutique and chain, have left.
LEGO is the latest to go. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Jessica Flores reported Sunday:
The Lego store inside San Francisco Centre permanently closed its doors Thursday, according to a company official, the latest retailer to leave the troubled mall.
“We are always reviewing our store portfolio to ensure that we can provide the best LEGO experience for shoppers and fans. As a result, we recently made the decision to close our LEGO Store in the San Francisco Centre,” LEGO spokesperson Colleen Arons said in an email to the Chronicle.
A caption on a Reddit photo of the abandoned store read: “Looks like there was no notice given, or closing sale. It just shut on Thursday. Note on the door says it’s permanent. Staff had verbally confirmed the store would stay open after Westfield abandoned the mall.”
Other LEGO stores still remain open in the broader San Francisco Bay Area in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Pleasanton.
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