Westfield’s San Francisco Center Mall lost 46% of its stores

Westfield’s announcement Monday that it would pull out of the Downtown San Francisco mall of the same name is another blow to San Francisco’s beleaguered Union Square shopping district.

May’s announced closing of Nordstrom, Westfield San Francisco Center’s anchor department store, was a major blow, but in fact the mall had been steadily losing smaller tenants since 2020.

An analysis by The Standard shows that 45 stores, or 46% of the mall’s 97 pre-pandemic retailers, have closed since 2020. While 21 new stores have opened in the past three years, the wave of closures has left the mall with many vacant storefronts.

A similar exodus has taken place in the food court at basement level. About 36 food and beverage vendors operated inside the mall before the pandemic; only 20 eateries are still in operation. Despite eight new cafes that have opened in the last three years, there are many vacancies.

The Standard conducted an in-depth analysis of street-level retail vacancies in and around Union Square last month. The findings were strikingly similar: 47% of pre-pandemic storefronts have closed since 2020.

The tables below show the full list of retailers and eateries that have closed, opened and remain open as of June 2023 in the Westfield SF Center mall.

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