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Do people still buy video games in a box and then go home and shove a rotating disc into their PCs? Really? News to me.
Anyway, here’s the new sign:
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You’d think a big retailer could just slot right in there and make money what with all the foot traffic at Fourth and Market, but I guess the particularities of doing business in the 415 make 800 Market a garden of bones.
“GameStop Relocating to 800 Market Street in San Francisco, Joins Diesel as Co-Tenant
July 11, 2012 –Michael Seigel and Sharon Carmichael with Terranomics Retail Services represented tenant GameStop, Inc. in the lease of 4,630 square feet of inline retail space on the ground floor of 800 Market Street in San Francisco. GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer with a network that includes 6,614 stores worldwide, is relocating its Powell Street store, with plans to take occupancy at its new San Francisco flagship location on Market Street in September. The gaming company will join Diesel as a co-tenant in the mixed-use building, known as the California Savings Building, composed of office over street-level retail and owned by INVESCO Real Estate. GameStop’s new space is positioned two blocks from Union Square and the Moscone Center. GameStop currently has three other locations in San Francisco.”
See? Check it:
“Work Different,” it says:
And folk art – there’s folk art already:
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Hey, why doesn’t somebody, you know, in local media, look into this situation?
(Consider that a challenge to you, personally, if you want.)
All right, Apple workers, rise up and “Work Different.”
This is what it looks like when an Apple Store opens in the 415 – people seem genuinely happy, but who knows…
Hey retail people, your ship has come in:
“UNIQLO IS NOW HIRING SUPERVISORS for our San Francisco store! Please attend our Supervisor Open House Interviews: Wednesday, May 16th 9am – 6pm or Friday, May 18th 9am – 6pm. Location: The Westin St. Francis Hotel, 2nd Floor (335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA)”
This gig is new, this gig is you:
If you welcome new challenges, have a drive for success, and embrace the responsibility of leadership—then you belong at UNIQLO!
We are seeking individuals who aspire to grow and develop into true professionals. At UNIQLO, teamwork is crucial. We encourage team members to take the initiative and actively participate in all aspects of our business. We are committed to a merit-based work environment and fairly assessing employees on ability, growth and achievement—regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local civil laws. We offer career advancement and salary increases to hardworking, committed individuals who consistently generate results. All of our employees, including newly hired part-time staff members, have the potential to take on greater responsibility and rise within our organization.
Supervisors Needed for Union Square, San Francisco Store Location!
Reporting to the Store Manager, the Supervisor is the pace setter and role model for customer service in the store. Their key function is to ensure all Sales Associates in their respective department or zone exceed customer expectations. Additionally, they are responsible to help train, oversee and develop Sales Associates on store standards.
* Motivates their team to meet and exceed sales goals
* Supervises the floor to monitor breaks and ensure coverage during peak times according to Daily Work Schedules
* Ensures brand and operational standards (visual, cleanliness, cash management, inventory management, etc.) are consistently met
* Ensures their team proactively manages customer needs and exceeds expectations according to the UNIQLO service standard, the UNIQLO Fundamental Principles and the 6 Standard Phrases
* Trains and develops their team on fitting room & cash wrap standards and assists when needed in those zones
* Manages inventory by ensuring all merchandise is represented and replenished on the floor in full size runs
* Assists management to identify issues in the store
* Trains their team on product and brand knowledge and ensures product knowledge is conveyed to customers
* Follows all company policy and procedures & notifies management of any infractions
* Assists with special projects as assigned by management
* High School Diploma or GED
* Ability to train and develop a team with strong communication skills
* Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts and percentages
* Ability to work a flexible schedule that meets the business needs, including evenings and weekends
Or Lower Market near Union Square, or the Financial District, whatever.
Anyway, I guess this is clever:
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Anyway, thanks for supporting MUNI, Madge.
“Jean Paul Gaultier LE MALE’s MARCH OF THE SAILORS
In honor of the opening of the Exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums: De Young, Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature men’s fragrance LE MALE takes to the streets of San Francisco where traditional Gaultier sailors will offer fragrance samples and free LE MALE-themed pedicab rides between Union Square and the Embarcadero.
WHEN: March 23rd – 25th 2012
11:30 AM – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Union Square – Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
OTHER: During these hours, LE MALE Ambassador sailors will patrol Union Square delivering free fragrance samples.”
It will go a little something like this:
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All right, see you there!
Anyway, off we go:
“I can sum up controversy over closing the Gold Dust Lounge in four words. The lease is up.”
YOU ALSO COULD SAY SOMETHING TRITE LIKE, “A DEAL’S A DEAL.” YOU KNOW, NEVIUS, THIS IS EXACTLY THE SITUATION WHERE YOU’D GO THE OTHER WAY, THE FULL-MAUDLIN APPROACH WHERE WE OUGHT TO LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS OR SOMETHING. BUT I SUPPOSE THAT YOU DON’T CONSIDER THIS PARTICULAR WATERING HOLE AS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL TO YOU. OK FINE.
Loyal patrons wish it weren’t. People in the Bovis family, which has been renting the space since 1966, wish they’d read their agreement more closely. Preservationists wish there weren’t so many formula retail stores on Powell Street. And I wish I still weighed 167 pounds.
OH DEAR, THE MAUDLIN SIDE* OF NEVE WILL _NOT_ BE COMING OUT IN THIS BIT, NOT AT ALL.
The lease is up.
HERE WE FIND THE NEVIUS ONCE AGAIN IN A FAMILIAR ROLE, THAT OF RELENTLESSLY BLEATING A MESSAGE THAT HE THINKS HIS FRIENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO’S DOMINANT CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL FACTION WANT HIM TO SAY. INSTEAD OF “FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD” WE GET SOMETHING LIKE “THE LEASE IS UP.”
In most places that would be the end of the story.
OH, LIKE MOST OF THE REST OF AMERICA, LIKE THE EAST BAY COMMUNITY THAT’S YOUR REAL HOME? WELL, IF YOU LOVE REGULAR AMERICA SO MUCH, WHY DON’T YOU MARRY IT, NEVIUS? AND HEY, WHY DON’T YOU MOVE BACK THERE, SAFE FROM THE AVALOSES AND THE CAMPOSES ‘N STUFF?
But here it is just the first chapter. Supporters have pulled in Tony Bennett, Chronicle columnist Herb Caen and Janis Joplin. (Joplin, it is said, sang “in front” of the Gold Dust, then bought drinks there.)
UH, SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE WAVERING…
And inevitably, of course, lawyers.
OH, I SEE, YOU’RE NOT WAVERING AT ALL.
“They’ve sued us. We’ve sued them,” said Jon Handlery, whose family owns the building. “Now, unfortunately, it goes down that path.”
NOW WE’RE UP TO SPEED – THIS IS THE NEVIUS GETTING QUOTES FROM THE ONE-PERCENT AND PUTTING THEM INTO THE CHRONICLE LIKE THE GOOD BOY THAT HE IS. IRL, BEING BORN INTO THE ONE-PERCENT, THE WAY JON HANDLERY WAS, IS A KIND OF A HANDICAP FOR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. BUT NEVIUS DOESN’T SEE THAT. NEVIUS JUST ADMIRES THE ONE-PERCENTER AND SAYS TO HIMSELF, “GEE, I WISH I WAS A ONE-PERCENTER LIKE MY NEW GOOD FRIEND JON HANDLERY.” AND THE FACT THAT HANDLERY WAS BORN INTO THE ONE PERCENT, WELL THAT’S EVEN BETTER FOR NEVIUS. NEVIUS SAYS, “BOY, I WISH I HAD THE FORESIGHT TO HAVE BEEN BORN INTO THE ONE PERCENT AS WELL.”
I don’t get it. Up Powell just off Union Square, the Gold Dust is small, gritty and unremarkable – although often crowded. The drinks are cheap, which is good, but the idea that it represents the deep inner soul of San Francisco is a reach.
OMG, IT’S A NEVIUS STRAW DOG ALERT!
OK, NEVIUS, HELP US OUT HERE. WHO THINKS THAT THE GOLD DUST “REPRESENTS THE DEEP INNER SOUL OF SAN FRANCISCO?” IS THIS WHAT MOST SAN FRANCISCANS BELIEVE? IS IT WHAT THE “SUPPORTERS” OF THE GOLD DUST GENERALLY BELIEVE? IS IT WHAT ANY PARTICULAR PERSON IN TOWN BELIEVES? NO, NOT AT ALL. IT’S JUST YOU, THE NEVIUS, TRYING TO CONSTRUCT AN ARGUMENT. NO ALARMS, NO SURPRISES.
The idea that San Francisco residents regularly fight their way through crowds around the cable car turnaround to make the Gold Dust their regular watering hole seems far-fetched.
OMG, IT’S ANOTHER NEVIUS STRAW DOG ALERT!
AND ACTUALLY, IT’S FAIRLY FAR AWAY FROM THE TURNAROUND, AS YOU WELL KNOW, NEVIUS.
So does the claim from the tenants’ lawsuit, that it is “one of the last welcoming places to buy a drink in the Union Square neighborhood.” Actually, you could go around the corner to a real San Francisco institution, Lefty O’Doul’s, which is also operated by the Bovis family. There are plenty of places to buy a drink in the area.
SO NOW NEVIUS, THE AUSLANDER WHO JUST MOVED TO TOWN LIKE WHAT A YEAR AGO, IS NOW THE ARBITER OF WHAT’S A REAL SAN FRANCISCO INSTITUTION.
The crux of the lawsuit is that Handlery changed the terms of the lease several times and that James and Tasios Bovis, the renters, didn’t realize what they were signing.
IT’S JUST LIKE THAT SOCIAL NETWORK MOVIE, HUH?
The issue now is whether the Gold Dust is an irreplaceable part of San Francisco history. A group applied for historical landmark status, and in what I thought was a very wise opinion, the Planning Department said that while a case could be made that the “physical features” of the lounge should be preserved, there was no reason the space couldn’t be repurposed “for another use, such as retail.”
HERE COMES “THE LIMITED!” YOU PUT ON YOUR ANGEL FLIGHT JEANS AND I’LL FIND MY LEG WARMERS AND BORROW DADDY’S CREDIT CARD.
The debate is likely to continue, but at the end of the day it’s a bar, one of many. It’s not historic.
WELL OF COURSE IT’S HISTORIC, NEVE. IT’S JUST NOT HISTORIC ENOUGH FOR YOU, THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.
And the lease is up.
AH YES, AND FOUR LEGS ARE GOOD AND TWO LEGS ARE BAD.
*COMPARE WITH THIS NEVIUS EFFORT FROM JUST LAST YEAR: “Throwing senior citizens out on the sidewalk is never a good idea, but it isn’t stopping North Beach developer Peter Iskander. He served eviction notices to four elderly tenants on Greenwich Street in March. And now that they haven’t moved, he’s gone to court. It’s unconscionable, unreasonable and stupid. Mostly stupid. Imagine the sight of Carlo Tarrone, who is in his 70s and uses a walker…” BUT NEVIUS, “THE LEASE IS UP,” RIGHT?