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Storefronting: Triumph for Ralph Lauren

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It's been a long time coming for the Ralph Lauren store on Fillmore Street, but if all goes according to the new-and-improved ply, we should be popping the collars of our candy-colored polo shirts by fall. A little history: Back in February, the Pacific Heights Neighborhood Association and Fillmore Merchants Association voted 6-1 to oust Ralph from the neighborhood, even though the retailer had already signed a lease on the 3,500 square foot space at 2040 Fillmore Street. At that time, the Fillmore Merchant's Association was pushing to ban not only RL, but all formula retail in the area. The Planning Department suggested a conditional use permit for the site, at the very least. Obviously, that came to fruition, as the last building permit was issued back in June, and the store is now slated for a fall opening— A whole year later than planned.
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