As the fog of recession lifts, San Francisco welcomes a sea of fresh retail brands – and the International Retail Design Conference. VMSD offers three retail hotspots that can’t be missed during your visit in September.
By Betsy Smith, Contributing Writer
In the five years since VMSD’s International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) last visited San Francisco, the city’s retail story has been largely rewritten. Near Union Square, the award-winning Westfield San Francisco Centre has been renovated and expanded, restoring its century-old Market Street façade and adding Bloomingdale’s to its diverse mix of brands. Retail spaces that emptied in 2009 and 2010 are filling again – with brands new to the city, new to the U.S., and just plain new. Target has begun construction on its first San Francisco store, an 85,000-square-foot CityTarget on the second floor of the Metreon complex. Emerging retailers such as Marmot have opened flagships on Union Square. And innovative start-ups dot the city’s mul-
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