Posts Tagged ‘opening’

CHIPOTLE Opens in the Great Middle of Frisco: July 2, 2015 at Geary and Masonic – Mervyn’s Heights Will Never Be The Same

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Who knows, maybe they‘ve soft opened already by this late date? IDK.

Here’s all I know about this “Mexican” “Restaurant”

Chipotle Mexican Grill
2675 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 202-0781
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Anyway, here’s what it looked like a week ago, complete with acres of free parking right out front:

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Speaking of which, man this place is going to be hard to get to – nobody would purposefully design the streets around City Centre Mall the way they are these days. First came Sears and then came the rise of the millionaire NIMBY neighbors (yes even here, in this bleak place) and then you mix in five decades of random happenstance, and then you’ll end up with a rat-maze of one-way streets and left-turn onlys.

Here’s the map:


If you’re at Geary and Mason, simply enter Target, take the escalator upstairs, exit Target and then take the Great Chipotle Tunnel past the Panera Bread and boom, there you go.

Bon Courage, I guess.

“Hi San Francisco!” – The New TargetExpress Store at Bush and Sansome Looks Pretty Sweet

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

I don’t know, do you care about stores ‘n stuff?

Here it is:

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I thought it would be like a convenience store, but no they sell cell phones and tablets and all kinds of stuff.

Big, in’nt it?

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Now, here are your Tar-zhays, in order of size, as best I can figure:





All right, see you there!

Forget About Those “CityTarget” Stores, an Even Smaller “TargetExpress” Opens March 9th at Bush and Sansome – Oh, They’re Hiring

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Here’s the signage:

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And here’s the samwich board on Bush, offering jobs:

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And here’s the interior, so far:

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Poor Walgreen’s!

Poor CVS!

Bienvenido a San Francisco, TargetExpress

All the deets:

Target to Open Smaller-Format Stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley – New TargetExpress Stores Customize Guest Experience


Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) today announced plans to open two new TargetExpress stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley, Calif., in March 2015. Target’s first TargetExpress store opened this year in Minneapolis, and the San Francisco-area stores will mark the first time Target is expanding this format outside the Minneapolis area.

The San Francisco store will be approximately 18,000 square feet and located at the southwest corner of Bush Street and Sansome Street, next to the Montgomery BART station, in the heart of the financial district. The Berkeley store will be approximately 12,000 square feet and located at the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, next to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, near the main entrance to the University of California, Berkeley.

“From listening to our guests at the two San Francisco CityTarget stores, we know the smaller format of TargetExpress will fit right into the busy San Francisco Bay Area lifestyle and enable us to cater to each community’s needs,” said Kamau Witherspoon, senior director, Store Operations, Target.

Target store teams have spent time understanding each local community to determine the right merchandise mix for each store, so both TargetExpress locations will be customized to fit the individual needs of the surrounding neighborhoods. For example, the Bush Street store will feature a large grab-and-go area with sandwiches, salads, breakfast items like yogurt and mid-day snacks for busy commuters on the go. The store will also include a Starbucks and select items from Target’s Made to Matter collection, which features products from San Francisco Bay Area companies like Annies, Yes To and Method.

The Berkeley store will offer a large selection of grocery items, including produce, dairy, frozen, snacks and beverages to serve the students, commuters and residents of Berkeley. Additionally, both new TargetExpress stores will be stocked with essentials in home, beauty and electronics, including a robust assortment of Target’s owned brands. The stores will also include Target’s popular pick-up-in-store service and a pharmacy.

Target opened the first TargetExpress in Minneapolis in July, and has announced plans to open one in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minn. in 2015. A third San Francisco Bay Area TargetExpress will also open in 2015, with a location to be announced in the coming months.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Regular San Franciscans Just LOVE Chain Stores, Chapter #1801: Panera Bread, OPENING SOON in the Western Addition

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Well, here it is, “OPENING SOON!” as promised:

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So this chain already has 1800 or so outlets, so let’s call this place at Geary and Masonic Store #1801.

The thing is, regular San Franciscans, not the electeds, you know, just regular people, love chain stores and here’s the test: OPEN ONE UP AND SEE IF PEOPLE SHOP THERE. You dig? That’s why chain stores are banned or are effectively banned in certain areas under certain conditions.

If San Franciscan didn’t like chain stores, then chain stores wouldn’t open up here in the first place, or, if they did, then nobody would shop there and then the chain stores would close up and leave.

Now this particular chain store is hidden away, like a porno shop, and that helped it get approved. you see, we like chain stores but we don’t want to see them all over the place.

On It Goes…


“St. Louis Bread” Coming to the Western Addition – 1800-Strong Panera Bakery Chain Now Hiring for New Geary Masonic Location

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’l tell you, I don’t object to the Panera Bread coming to 2675 Geary at Masonic (but some people do).

Here’s the ad – apply for a job if you want:

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(The Panera will be right next to the new Chipotle. Truly, the City Centre Mall Has It All.)

All the deets about Panera, after the jump


Amazingly, Our Local Postal Service Opens Its Doors Earlier on a Saturday Than UPS Does Monday Through Friday

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here you go, here are the hours for USPS Clayton Station 94117 in the Upper Haight:

Compare that with the opening time for the big UPS Customer Center at 320 San Bruno Ave.

Well forget about Saturday ’cause the UPS aint even open on Saturdays. And M-F, the UPS begrudgingly opens at 9:30 AM.

I’ll tell you, a few decades back, UPS outperformed the Post Office in all aspects. But these days, for a lot of aspects, it’s hard to tell much of a diff.


My Personal Best: Four Tower Cranes in One Shot – “The Crane is Now San Francisco’s Official Bird”

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Find me a recent photo what shows five or more tower cranes in Frisco – I challenge you.

Such cranes!

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INTRODUCTORY NOTES: “I’d like to open my remarks with a humorous anecdote. The official bird of San Francisco isn’t the California Quail! It’s actually the crane. [Pause for gasps and puzzled looks.] The _construction_ crane! “[ Pause to wait for the applause to die down, to enjoy the smiles of onlooking Walter Wong and Rose Pak, to bask in glory of being appointed by that guy who got appointed by that guy who got appointed by Willie Brown, to exult in being an obedient figurehead girl who does exactly what Downtown tells her to do.

OMG, It’s the Great H&M Union Square Grand RE-Opening – A Second Bite at the Apple, Dec. 5th, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I remember when this store opened for the first time.* It was a big deal.

We’re re-opening one of your favorite stores!

Join us on December 5th at 9:30 AM for the launch of our brand new store on Powell Street in San Francisco, CA. 

If you’re one of the first 200 shoppers in line then you will receive an all access fashion pass valued up to $300 off your entire purchase. 

Get ready to do some serious shopping to our in-store DJ spinning all the latest hits!”

*Some dude on Craigslist offered an invitation to the VIP preview party in exchange for a sexual favor or two – girls only! GIRLS ONLY! It was in the oughts, a more innocent time

100 Van Ness Has Been Stripped to the Bone – You’ll be Able to Move In Soon – Best of All, No Rent Control!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I’d like to open my remarks with a humorous anecdote. The Official Bird of San Francisco isn’t the California Quail, it’s the crane. [Pause for gasps and puzzled looks.] The construction* crane! [Pause to wait for the applause to die down, to enjoy the smiles of onlooking Walter Wong and Rose Pak, to bask in glory of being appointed by that guy who got appointed by that guy who got appointed by Willie Brown, to exult in being an obedient figurehead girl who does exactly what Downtown tells her to do.]

This is as naked as 100 Van Ness Avenue is going to get. (It’s the Harbinger of the Apocalypse, don’t you know.)

Be sure to invite me over to enjoy the 20+ foot tall penthouse playground.

Box, crane tower, another box, sky, clouds. NewMa, meet OldMa: 

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All the fun will start in 2015…

*By that, she means tower crane, which I suppose is what people call them in everyday life. I’ll remember 2013 as the year I could see a dozen huge tower cranes over San Francisco every day. Not that that’s a bad thing in itself. But corruption is a bad thing, right?

Here’s the July 4-11 Schedule for the America’s Cup, Here’s What We’re Getting for Our Tens of Millions of Dollars

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

But first, the news. Here are your top seven stories when you search for news regarding this colossal failure:

  1. How Larry Ellison Is Destroying the America’s Cup – Bloomberg

    Jun 5, 2013 – The result is the sports equivalent of Apple’s Newton or Microsoft’s Bob: a disruptive, innovative, colossal failure. The America’s Cup, which 
  2. America’s Cup finals scaled back from original vision – San Jose 

     Aug 23, 2012 – In an interview this week at Marina Green, Troublé blamed theAmerica’s Cup Event Authority for failing to secure TV contracts early enough,
  3. Did an America’s Cup Sailor Drown Because His  – Slate Magazine

    May 9, 2013 – On the America’s Cup website, there is a description of the AC72, the new  It’s not clear if there was a structural failure that caused the crash 
  4. America’s Cup Team Feared Capsizing –

    May 10, 2013 – The team said doctors failed to revive him while in rescue boats and later  The America’s Cup, established in 1851 as a competition between 
  5. Organized Labor – America’s Cup Admits Failure to Pay Prevailing 

    Organizers for the America’s Cup Yacht races were called to a special hearing by the Board of Supervisors in March to explain a failure by some contractors 

And now, on with the show:

“Please check below for the schedule for the first week of the America’s Cup Summer of Racing. Changes and updates will be made to this schedule as necessary.

July 4 – Opening Day

12:00 America’s Cup Park officially opens to the public for the first time
13:30-16:45 AC72s at mooring off Promenade at Piers 27/29
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session at Presentation Stage with America’s Cup Teams
14:15 America’s Cup Pavilion open for ticketed entry
15:00-16:30 Opening Ceremony at America’s Cup Pavilion
16:45 AC72 depart mooring
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 5 – Race Day (Fleet Race / Parade)
10:00 America’s Cup Park opens
10:00-11:00 AC72s at America’s Cup Park mooring
10:15 Marching band from Plaza to Presentation Stage
10:45-11:15 Dock Out Show (including full sailing teams at Presentation Stage)
11:15-12:00 AC72s depart for Boat Parade from Pier 27 to Marina Green
12:15-13:15 AC72 racing, live on big screens, with commentary
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session with America’s Cup Teams
15:00 -17:30 Live Music – New Diplomat and The 500s
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 6 – ‘Special Event Day’
12:00 America’s Cup Park opens
13:30-14:30 “AC Talk Show” with Andy Green and Tucker Thompson plus teams @ AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 America’s Cup Trophy – San Francisco Fan Photo Opportunity
15:00-15:30 Poster signing
15:30-17:30 Live Music – Nova Albion and Bonnie & the Bang Bang
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 7 – Race Day
10:00 America’s Cup Park Opens
10:00-11:15 AC72s on moorings
10:15 Marching band to Presentation Stage
10:45-11:15 Dock Out Show
12:00-13:00 “AC Show” at America’s Cup Pavilion, with live commentary of Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Luna Rossa race starting at 12:15
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session
15:00-17:00 Live Music– Jazz Mafia
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 8 – ‘Reserve Day’
12:00 America’s Cup Park Opens
12:30 “Kids World” America’s Cup Park tour starts
12:30-13:00 America’s Cup History Film, AC Pavilion
13:30-14:00 What’s Inside – The Science of Sailing, AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 America’s Cup Movie of the Day – 1
15:30-16:00 America’s Cup Special Film, AC Pavilion
16:30-17:30 America’s Cup Movie of the Day – 2
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 9 – Race Day
10:00 AC Park opens to the public
10:30 “Kids World” AC Park Tour starts
12:00 -13:15 “AC Magazine Show” at AC Pavilion with Team representatives
14:00 -14:30 Poster signing session
15:00 -16:00 America’s Cup Discovered
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes

July 10 – ‘Reserve Day’
12:00 AC Park Opens
12:30 “Kids World” AC Park Tour starts
12:30-13:00 AC History Film, AC Pavilion
13:30-14:00 What’s Inside – Science of Sailing, AC Pavilion
14:30-15:00 AC Movie of the Day -1
15:30-16:00 AC Special Film, AC Pavilion
16:30-17:30 AC Movie of the Day – 2
19:00 AC Park closes

July 11 – Race Day
10:00 America’s Cup Park opens
10:30 “Kids World” America’s Cup Park Tour starts
12:00-13:15 “AC Magazine Show” at AC Pavilion with team representatives
14:00-14:30 Poster signing session
15:00-16:00 America’s Cup Discovered
19:00 America’s Cup Park closes