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If you followed last year's Jack Spade debacle in the Mission, you'll recall that neighborhood activists fought tooth-and-nail to keep the Kate Spade-owned menswear brand from taking over the former Adobe Books space at 3166 16th Street. Eventually, the company grew tired of bureaucratic battles, and abandoned plans for the spot. Now, the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association (VCMA) hints that retailer Fred Perry is eyeing the same space.
John F. Young, the Fred Perry's country manager, tells Mission Local that plans for an SF store are very preliminary, and they haven't selected a location yet. But if the brand comes to SF, Young says they want to set up shop in the Mission. Since the company doesn't fall under SF's existing formula retail laws, execs would be smart to expedite an SF expansion before the proposed chain store changes are approved.
· More Big Brands Eye the Mission's Edginess [Mission Local]
· Jack Spade Backs Out of Opening Up Shop in the Mission [Racked]