Target Eyes Vacant Western SoMa Space For New Store

Retail giant Target has taken the first steps towards opening its sixth San Francisco location by filing its intentions with the Planning Department, Socketsite reports. 

The nation's second-largest retailer hopes to open a full-size store at the former Sports Authority building at 1690 Folsom St. (at 13th Street) in SoMa, which shuttered in June 2016.

The city's first Target debuted in 2012 inside the Metreon on 4th Street, about 1.5 miles away. The chain has since opened full-service locations at Geary Boulevard and Masonic Street, another at Stonestown mall, and two small-format stores in the FiDi and Ocean Beach. 

The former Sports Authority contains 40,000 square feet of retail space, which would allow Target to forego major upgrades, except for interior renovations and new signage. 

The proposed store would also house a CVS drugstore and a Starbucks.

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The location has 54 parking spaces, all but two of which would remain should Target get the green light to move forward; two spaces would be removed to make way for new landscaping. 

Target's land use attorneys told Socketsite that it expects a majority of customers to walk, bike or use public transportation, thereby minimizing impact on local traffic and off-street parking. 

It's not clear what kind impact a new full-service might have on the neighborhood; across the street, employee-owned co-op Rainbow Grocery specializes in "affordable vegetarian food products" and items from "local organic farmers, collectives, bakers, dairies" and other businesses when possible.

We've reached out to Rainbow for comment but have not heard back as of publication. 

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Target eyes vacant western soma space for new store