The Crate & Barrel in Union Square is permanently closing

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The interior of a Crate & Barrel store.

The interior of a Crate & Barrel store.

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As more information is revealed about the 250,000-square-foot Ikea mall slated to take over San Francisco’s mid-market, another popular home decor and furniture retailer downtown has announced it is permanently closing its doors.

The Crate & Barrel at 55 Stockton Street in Union Square will shutter on March 23, an employee told SFGATE on Sunday afternoon, and the store has already begun to roll out sample sales in order to liquidate its stock. When asked for the reason for the closure, the employee referred SFGATE to a spokesperson for the Illinois-based chain, which did not provide comment by time of publication.

The Crate & Barrel store in San Francisco's Union Square shopping district.

The Crate & Barrel store in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping district.

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But if previous retail closures are any indication – Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, and two Walgreens have all shuttered in recent months – it’s an ongoing battle for companies to keep their brick-and-mortar stores afloat as customers turn to online shopping alternatives. The Shops at Tanforan, a 51-year-old mall in San Bruno, is also closing soon to make way for a massive biotech campus and housing.

That said, customers looking to shop for luxury home goods in person will not have to go far. Crate & Barrel owns CB2, which has a store around the corner at 34 Ellis Street that will remain open, an employee confirmed with SFGATE. The company also acquired the San Francisco home decor and gift boutique Hudson Grace in 2019, which has a location in Presidio Heights.

Crate & Barrel has 97 stores nationwide, with other Bay Area locations in Corte Madera, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, Livermore, San Jose and Vacaville.

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