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Tech Firms Are Squeezing Retail Out of San Francisco

Twitter's headquarters in Mid-Market; photo from Shorenstein Properties LLC, via <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2012/our-new-nest">Twitter</a>
Twitter's headquarters in Mid-Market; photo from Shorenstein Properties LLC, via Twitter

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Nearly as much as the tech industry has helped the city grow, it's making it more difficult for new retailers to break into the real estate landscape. According to a recent retail report from Avison Young (and reviewed by GlobeSt.com), vacancy has remained very low (close to 3% ) and rents continue to be high in the retail "hotspots" like Union Square and FiDi. But as retail giants like Target start opening locations in western SF, there may be a growing trend of other stores following suit. So tell us (in comments or in tweets), would you be willing to head west of Van Ness for the bulk of your shopping? And which stores would you want to see opening in the area?
· Tech Demand Overflows to Industrial, Retail [GlobeSt.com]
· San Francisco Office Market Report (Q4 2013) [Avison Young]