While Britex Fabrics has operated out of its iconic four-story space at 146 Geary Street since 1952, the family that founded and operates the store sold the Union Square building to City Center Realty Partners for $38 million at the end of 2015.

And as we first reported last year, the new owners of 146 Geary have drafted plans to convert the second, third and fourth floors of the 12,000-square-foot Britex building from retail to office space, plans which were met with a fair amount of disbelief and denial.

And in fact, Britex will be shuttering its 146 Geary Street store sometime after Thanksgiving.

But as reported by J.K Dineen, Britex has also landed a lease for the 8,000-square-foot retail space formerly occupied by Mango at the base of 117 Post Street (which City Center Realty already owns) and plans to reopen by the end of the year.

And with respect to the fate of the iconic Britex Fabrics sign, while “Britex” is slated to make the move, the “Fabrics” portion will be left behind as it would block the windows of the office tenants above the second floor on Post and is a far bigger sign than the City currently allows (or would allow to be replaced).

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Hunter

    Bummer—the sign is historic and they should receive an exemption by the city. I’m sure they could position it over one of those giant columns if the building owner were open to it…

    • Posted by Frisco

      Similar to the Doc’s Clock sign, which I thought was allowed via grandfathering to move locations if the building owner wanted to.

    • Posted by SocketSite

      The key line: “it would block the windows of the office tenants above” (and impact future rents). In other words, even if the City was willing to grant an exception, it’s unlikely the building’s owners would acquiesce.

      • Posted by Notcom

        IIRC when Rizzoli had the space, they occupied all the floors – I think structurally it’s actually a separate building, the uniform facade notwithstanding – it’s too bad that’s apparently too much for Britex (or maybe the upper floors have already been converted to office space ??)

  2. Posted by Notcom

    As a note of historical interest, this building was the home of O’Connor. Moffat and Co. from ~1909-1929, before they moved to Stockton St….and of course eventually became macy*s.

  3. Posted by curmudgeon

    Is the Mango space the previous Rizzoli Books space? That’s my recollection, but not sure.

  4. Posted by haighter

    Great news! I love britex fabrics, glad the owners could get the value from their real estate holdings and continue to operate the store

  5. Posted by Don

    I’m … beyond disappointed. That sign and the store behind it are part of my first steps in learning to love this place. The whole sign should be allowed to move, and the office tenants should feel lucky to have it in their faces every day.

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