Thanks to a tip from a reader, we've learned that Michael's Pit Stop, the longstanding corner store on Page and Divisadero streets, will soon be closing its doors for good.
Reader Doug T. told us that he learned of the impending closure from the owner Tom and his wife. "She was almost in tears when she spoke with us," he said. Based on his conversation with the owners, he learned the lease was not to be renewed, and that they were given a week to vacate the space.
Regulars of Pit Stop may recount the constant stream of Arabic-language TV shows, the fact that the owner smoked indoors, and the cutting of keys (which, as one Yelp reviewer described it, only worked 50 percent of the time). Still, the corner store filled a niche for local residents looking to buy a carton of milk, a pack of cigarettes, or other basic supplies.
The owners of Superette corner store a block away on Haight and Divisadero confirmed the closure, though are unaware of the details. One said it was because the store didn't carry enough food, and another stated that he heard the location was going to be a "bike place."
When we stopped by Pit Stop this morning the fridges were empty, and the shelves were covered in a fine layer of dust. "We're sad to be going," said the proprietress, as she made phone calls to clear away the last of the store's inventory.
As for what the corner space will become next, it's unclear. The location on Divisadero and Page is a popular route for commuters, and is also surrounded by a number of high-traffic businesses such as The Page and Little Chihuahua, as well as the future Sightglass Coffee, which will be moving into the former KJ Produce location across the street.
We'll keep you updated on what the future holds for the space.
Thanks to tipsters Doug T. and Marshall.
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