Whole Foods is shutting down its flagship store in San Francisco, California, at least for now. If you Google the store's location you get a banner in red that says, "temporarily closed."
A Whole Foods spokesperson told CNN the store was closing to “ensure the safety” of its employees. The spokesperson did not provide specific details but told CNN it was a “difficult decision to close the Trinity store for the time being.”
The store’s website is gone, CNN reported. If you search for the Trinity Place store on the Whole Foods website, you get a message that reads, "Oops! We couldn’t find a Whole Foods Market store near you. Please search again."
CNN reported that the store would not open on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. The store is 65,000 square feet and is located in San Francisco’s Mid-market neighborhood, according to CNN.
According to SFGate, employees will get jobs at other locations. The newspaper reported that the store had only been open for about a year.
The San Francisco Standard previously reported that the store was limiting its hours due to "high theft” and "hostile people," citing a manager.
“It’s to better serve our customers, and it’s more or less because of the area and security issues,” said the store's manager, who asked to remain anonymous, told the San Francisco Standard last fall. “There’s just high theft and people being hostile.” At that time, the Whole Foods store limited the time it was open by two hours, according to the San Francisco Standard.