Target backs off from opening Polk Street store 

click to enlarge Supervisor Julie Christensen announced Thursday that Target is no longer planning to open a store on Polk Street. - MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner File Photo
  • Supervisor Julie Christensen announced Thursday that Target is no longer planning to open a store on Polk Street.

Target is no longer planning to open a store at the former site of Lombardi Sports on Polk Street, Supervisor Julie Christensen announced Thursday.

“There was a great deal of concern from merchants and neighbors and I conveyed those concerns to representatives of Target,” Supervisor Julie Christensen said in a statement. “I’m thankful that not only did they listen to our concerns, but they acted accordingly. Target will not move forward with plans to open a Target Express on Polk Street.”

Neighbors said the store would threaten small businesses on Polk street, and that Van Ness Avenue would be a better location. Van Ness has more car traffic, while Polk has more foot traffic.

“We think it’s the right decision,” said Frank Cannata, who’s on the board of the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association. “I think all the neighborhood groups and merchants that met with Target and voiced our concerns might have been a reason for their decision.”

Cannata had expressed concern about Christensen’s campaign donations, as $1,000 was donated to her by lobbyists from the firm Goodyear Peterson Hayward & Associates LLC, who represent Target.

Rich Peterson told The San Francisco Examiner the donation among many given to various supervisors over the years.

In this case, it seems Christensen listened to neighbors and not campaign donors.

“We will continue to work closely with city leaders to identify other locations within the city that will not only meet our needs, but those of our guests and the broader community,” Martha Miller, manager of government affairs for Target, said in a statement.

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Born and raised in San Francisco, Fitzgerald Rodriguez was a staff writer at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now writes the S.F. Examiner's political column On Guard. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels.
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