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The rumors are true: Flax Art & Design will lose its lease at the end of 2015 when a new residential development moves into 1699 Market Street. Now begins the hunt for a new retail space, and third-generation store owner Howard Flax knows it won't be easy. "We have a tremendous space here," He tells NBC. "Finding 20,000 [square feet] of retail space in San Francisco is going to be difficult."
But that doesn't mean he thinks it will be impossible: "We're going to be here [in SF] another 75 years if I have anything to do with it," he says. So let the hunt begin. The store has moved twice in its first 75+ years in the city. Real estate options may be more limited this time around, but there are 15 months on the clock for everyone to band together and help find Flax and its art supplies a new home.
· Longtime San Francisco Art Store Faces Tough Search for New Home [NBC Bay Area]
· Flax Owner Sees the Bright Side of Possible Eviction [Racked SF]