1600 Jackson Street Site

In the works since 2016 and having survived a proposed formula retail ban, plans to convert the shuttered Lombardi Sports building at 1600 Jackson Street, at the corner of Polk, into San Francisco’s first Whole Foods Market 365 could approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission in three weeks time.

As proposed, the new grocery would occupy the entirety of the existing structure, with roughly 20,000 square feet of retail space on its ground floor.

The second floor is to be converted into a dining/seating area along with office space for the grocery. The building’s existing garage will offer 70 parking spaces. And 21 new parking spaces for bikes are to be added as well.

Plan is to demolish the existing structure and build up to six stories on the Jackson Street site, with 62 condos over ground floor retail and an underground garage, had been floated back in 2014 but were subsequently abandoned (as were plans for Target to occupy the site).

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Brad

    At last!

  2. Posted by excuse me while i kiss the burrito

    This is a terrible use of the space. Hopefully Peskin blocks this like he threatened and we get the desperately-needed housing on the site, especially since he can build another two stories now.

    • Posted by donjuan

      Peskin would block a project to build ‘desperately-needed housing’ instead. He’d more likely just block the retail project and let the building stay empty for 10 years.

    • Posted by Tony

      You think Peskin is going to approve housing?

      • Posted by Brooder

        Yeah, we really need every single building to be considered by the BOS individually. Who needs zoning.

  3. Posted by Mister JONO

    10 stories of apartments on top could be nice too!

  4. Posted by Johno

    Hate to be THAT poster, but this looks pretty bad. Looks like a strip mall Party City.

    • Posted by Elitist Pig

      Don’t feel bad, I would take a party city over this facade. I’m stunned they managed to avoid using Comic Sans for the numbers.

    • Posted by Hunter

      Yeah, real bummer to lose the Lombardi murals 🙁

  5. Posted by shza

    Is WF 365 (as a store, not as the brand) basically a downmarket tier of regular WF? The FAQ on the linked website is not helpful.

    I hope the plan is not for the actual place to look like the rendering at all, because I agree 100% with Johno.

    • Posted by Hunter

      I believe it will only sell their in-house brand (called 365), so cheaper than many products sold at a typical Whole Foods.

      • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

        Probably not limited to only 365 branded products. The floorplan indicates a section for wine and beer. As far as I know there’s no 365 branded wine or beer.

      • Posted by SocketSite

        In general, existing 365 stores offer a “curated” selection of 12-14,000 items (versus 30-40,000 at a traditional Whole Foods); along with self-service meat, seafood, prepared foods and bakery departments (versus staffed counters). But with the recent acquisition by Amazon…

    • Posted by Notcom

      It’s still an evolving concept, but (as noted below) it’s Trader Joe-ish.

  6. Posted by Boher

    I’m surprised there isn’t legislation in place to mandate additional floors of residential over the retail space.

  7. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    Yikes. Any chance they can leave the old Lombardi Sports mural there instead? This looks like a piece of the mall over on Masonic and Geary broke off and drifted over here.

  8. Posted by Amewsed

    Are they competing with Trader Joe’s in terms of similar products? Will this cannibalize business from WF? Staples are staples.

  9. Posted by Sierrajeff

    waah waah waah, jeez what a bunch of complainers. Someone actually wants to put money into a building that’s sat empty a long time, and all people can do is complain.

    You want housing here? Particularly “10 floors” (yeah, try getting that past the NIMBYs, particularly for a *non*-transit-rich site)? Then go find a development partner, an equity partner, draft some plans, and submit them for review. Get back to me in 3 to 5 years’ time and let me know how that’s coming along.

  10. Posted by Bobby Mucho

    This rendering does not give me hope.

  11. Posted by Nobody Important

    Sheesh, bunch of complainers. For all of the Marina, Cow Hollow, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cathedral Hill, Upper Polk and the Upper Van Ness corridor the only grocery stores are Safeway, Whole Foods and 2 Trader Joe’s. There are a smattering of very limited mini-markets like Marina Supermarket and some specialty shops. That’s it.

    The Marina alone has about 20,000 residents, so all together those neighborhoods are probably 100-150,000 people. And you want to add MORE people and no more grocery stores? Seriously? Do you know how packed all of the above mentioned stores are already? It’s like shopping for groceries in The THX-1138 hallway scene. Sheesh.

    It’s a grocery store, not a Trump Tower. Get a grip.

  12. Posted by Barb

    I’m in full support of this Whole Foods
    -yeah!!! 🙂

  13. Posted by HST

    This is rad. Eliminate rent control and our housing problem takes care of itself. KISS

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