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We did not see this one coming: after months of debate and just when all signs seemed to point towards Jack Spade opening up a shop in the former Adobe Books space on 16th Street, the brand has called of its plans for a store in the Mission.
The decision follows a decision on Wednesday from the Board of Appeals to rehear the appeal of protesters in December. Apparently, Jack Spade execs have had enough.
Jack Spade sent Racked the following statement:
We at JACK SPADE are disappointed with Wednesday's Board of Appeals ruling. In our minds and in accordance with the district's code, JACK SPADE is not 'formula retail' and we have been completely transparent regarding our relationship to our parent company. While we disagree with the decision, we respect the Board and the community's passion and will not pursue plans to open in the Mission District. We have nothing but admiration for the Mission District and remain fans of the neighborhood and its unique character.
The decision also comes after the New Yorker picked up the story with some criticism for the activists—criticism that clearly didn't sway the Board of Appeals (or they don't read the New Yorker).
· Activism Wins: Jack Spade Backs Out of the Mission [SFist]
· Mission Merchants Have Another Chance to Keep Jack Spade Out [Racked SF]
· Mission Neighbors Tell Jack Spade to 'Jack Off' [Racked SF]