Business

Merchants Remain Uneasy, But Shoppers Unfazed Following Union Square Thefts

Some Union Square merchants questioned the efficacy of the city’s approach to deterring crime over the holidays, which includes restricting cars and an amped-up police presence.

Eyeing Conventions, San Francisco Installs ‘Welcome Ambassadors’ Downtown

The program is one of several efforts to bring back conventions and tourism to San Francisco’s deserted downtown core.

Food Empowerment: A New Kind of Grocery Store May Come to the Bayview

It’s been two years since Bayview grocery store Duc Loi’s Pantry shuttered its doors. Now the empty 14,000-square-foot space may be resurrected as a ‘food empowerment market.’

For S.F. Businesses, Relaxed Masking Rules Fuel Both Relief and Anxiety

Some merchants are celebrating a cautious return to normalcy, while others are disenchanted over seeming inconsistencies in the city’s ever-changing health codes.

Here’s How San Francisco Deep Cleans Its Streets

In its effort to fight filth, San Francisco spends $96 million a year on street cleaning. We spent a morning with one of the teams on the frontlines.

In ‘Eerie’ Financial District, Merchants See Long Recovery Ahead

Despite a devastating eighteen months, merchants in San Francisco’s downtown are holding out hope for recovery—and calling for help.

Battle Brews Over Back Rent as S.F. Landlords Sue City for Relief Law

With up to $637 million in unpaid commercial rent, S.F. landlords and business tenants may have a bumpy road ahead in figuring out who will pay.

Supervisors Approve Commercial Rent Relief Fund As Debts Climb Past $600M

San Francisco small businesses owe as much as $637 million in back rent as of August, and it’s unclear who will foot the bill.

Indoor Mask Mandates Dampen Outlook for S.F.’s Downtown

San Francisco health officials say they will revise mask restrictions as soon as they can, but that’s small comfort to struggling downtown merchants.

S.F. Offers Small Businesses Relief Grants for Vandalism, Broken Windows

The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.