Despite pulling out the stops to fight the closure of its Fillmore Street location, the Real Food Company announced that it was closing that store for good (see News Briefs, Oct. 2016). Well-connected public relations executive Alex Tourk was drafted to raise awareness, and at midday on Oct. 12, a rally and press conference took place at the 3060 Fillmore Street store, which drew supporter Supervisor Mark Farrell. But in the end, it could not secure a new lease.
In a statement, the company expressed its gratitude to “Supervisor Farrell for his unending support and encouraging our landlords to come to the table for a discussion, to Leslie Leonhardt with the Union Street Association for rallying the business community behind us, and to our incredible employees, whose energy and passion for service continue to inspire me.” It also thanks “our loyal customers, who have shopped with us for years.”
On the positive side, Real Foods is expanding its operations at the nearby 2140 Polk Street location.