A Total Wine & More location in San Francisco will open its doors on Aug. 31, The Standard has learned.
The store manager for the city's new Total Wine outlet confirmed the grand opening date, adding it will host a soft opening the day before, throwing a party for about 100 invited guests.
The alcohol retailer will take over the vacated building on 14th and Harrison streets in SoMa that used to be an Office Max store, which shuttered in November 2022.
The building already has Total Wine signage on its exterior. A landing page on the company’s website for the Harrison Street location still lists the opening date as “coming soon.”
Total Wine has obtained interim operating permits and has long-term permits listed as pending as of Tuesday, allowing the sale and consumption of alcohol from its San Francisco location. The permits also include an “instructional tasting license,” which allows the store to host wine-tasting classes on its premises.
In a letter sent to California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control in February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recommended approving these permits with a condition––that Total Wine “actively monitor the area to prevent loitering.”
Total Wine & More has more than 250 stores nationwide, including Daly City, San Mateo and two in San Jose.
The opening continues a recent trend of major retailers coming and going in Downtown San Francisco as the area continues to deal with high storefront vacancy rates and safety concerns. A new Ikea store on Market Street is slated to open on Aug. 23, a few months after a Whole Foods location on the street closed in April.
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