Urgent Care Center Headed To Castro's Former RadioShack This Summer

Urgent Care Center Headed To Castro's Former RadioShack This Summer
Remodeling is underway at the former electronics retailer. (Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline)
By Steven Bracco - Published on May 09, 2016.

The Castro's former RadioShack space has sat vacant since the retailer closed last April. But that won't stay the case much longer: GoHealth Urgent Care is on the way to the space at 2288 Market St., bringing local treatment for non-emergent conditions like upper respiratory conditions, cuts, fractures and sprains.

It'll be GoHealth's first urgent care center in the Bay Area, and Upper Market's second one, after Direct Urgent Care moves in to the ground floor space at Market and Buchanan's Linea building.

GoHealth Urgent Care currently operates 21 locations in New York, 10 in Oregon and two in Washington. As announced in a press release earlier this year, GoHealth will be partnering with local health provider Dignity Health in order to "bring a new model of high quality, consumer-focused urgent care centers to the Bay Area."

Dr. Todd Strumwasser, Dignity Health's Bay Area Sr. Vice President of Operations, went on to stay "our partnership with GoHealth will provide more options to Bay Area residents for fast and convenient care in a lower cost setting ... These urgent care centers will be staffed with Dignity Health clinicians so that we can meet consumers where they are and provide the high quality care that we are known to deliver."

GoHealth's Chief Operating Officer Gary Weatherford told us that this is the company's first build-out in San Francisco, and that they're targeting an August opening if everything goes according to plan. In the next 12 months, the company plans to open approximately 6-8 clinics in San Francisco, with 12 planned for the entire Bay Area.

 GoHealth has already filed for a change of use from retail sales to medical services, and Gina Simi of the Planning Department tells us that the permit was approved on April 25th. "Medical Services use does not require public notice," she informed us. 

GoHealth plans on operating during normal business hours from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. While they have not yet spoken with local community groups, Weatherford tells us that they will be reaching out to them soon.