"Another Yellow Fever Victim, Teddy"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by comrade, May 7, 2016.

  1. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    May 10, 2005
    Menlo Park, CA
    The quote is from Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and in this case it refers to the latest
    victim of the "The Curse of Union Square": Ghurka, purveyor of "travel bags and leather goods"
    closed its' San Francisco "flagship store". The Post Street retailer hosted an elegant Style
    Forum Meetup in January 2014 , which, if I recall, included a bartender doling out good Scotch.
    I am no retailing maven, but there seems to be an unusually high number of vacant stores in
    the exclusive Union Square shopping district of San Francisco. This has persisted even though the Bay Area
    has arguably the best local economy in the US and a vibrant tourist trade. Manhattan, where I spent
    two weeks in June 2015 and is comparably rich, exhibits a much lower vacancy rate. Comments?

  2. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    Nov 24, 2014
    San Jose, California
    I liked that store, although I had never found anything in it that I considered purchasing. I think it occupied a very narrow niche in the market and I doesn't surprise me that revenue couldn't keep up with the rent. Much more surprising to me is the news that the large Prada store at Post and Grant is closing and that Prada is leaving San Francisco altogether.

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