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New Mollie Stone’s

The 43,900-square-foot building at the corner of Polk and Jackson Streets has been vacant since 2014, when Lombardi Sports left. Now, Mill Valley-based Mollie Stone’s Markets has announced that it would open its tenth Bay Area store in that site at 1600 Jackson Street.

Whole Foods had previously been eyeing the site for a store, but the San Francisco Planning Commission killed that plan, reportedly over dissatisfaction with the number of housing units that would be built on the location. The family-owned Mollie Stone’s, unlike Whole Foods, does not have enough locations to qualify as a chain store according to San Francisco rules, so it will be able to skip some of the onerous extra city approvals needed to open a new store.

Mollie Stone’s is planning a 2020 opening for the Jackson Street store.

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