March 7, 2010

Closing: Cooks Boulevard

A reader tipped us to the sad news that after 5 years in Noe, Cooks Boulevard (1309 Castro @ 24th St) is closing. Owner Malcolm Haar says the two-level retail space is too big (and presumably expensive) and the "current situation is not sustainable." Depending on how quickly he can find someone to assume the lease, he may or may not reopen in another location.

A final close date has not been set, but the selection is already looking thin and everything in the store is 20-40% off. If you're planning to stop in, do it soon--and check the Cooks Boulevard blog for updates on a final closing date.

Unrelated (but unfortunate), the front window to the store is also broken.

[Cooks Boulevard: Time's Up: We're Closing]

13 comments:

johnnyawe said...

A shame.

Anonymous said...

Where will all the CSA customers pick up now?

Anonymous said...

Sad another store is closing. I really wanted to support local businesses and went there to buy a saucepan under $75 and cookie sheet. Unfortunately, they had neither. I went to Cliffs Variety instead.

Mike said...

This is actually great news because it'll make room for a much needed Bank or Nail Salon in Noe Valley! Can't wait!

rocky's dad said...

If you can't go there to buy a saucepan and cookie sheet for under $75..then the market will determine their success or not. That's reality and that's the way it should work.

That's why Cliffs Variety has been in business for so many LONG YEARS.

Godot said...

Yes, Rocky's Dad and Anon. This is a real shame; but does Noe really need this kind of specialty store? I guess not.

I went in there a number of times hoping to find specific items but either couldn't find what I was looking for, or was way put-off by the costs. If I want Williams Sonoma costs I'll go to Williams Sonoma! Otherwise Bed/Bath/Beyond or even Cole Hardware works just fine.

Fred said...

There's clearly demand in Noe for a store like this, but this was always a particularly poorly curated store. For example, they rarely had the Cooks Illustrated top-rated equipment. Lots of obvious things missing. If you want to charge retail prices, you have to impress by having the perfect thing.

rocky's dad said...

No, I didn't say it was a "shame" at all..it's the stores fault..they did not provide the right products at the right price.

They have no one to blame but themselves.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame to see this store close but the writing has been on the wall (represented by very limited inventory)for a while now.

Hat's off to the owner & staff for trying to make it work.

Sad to see yet another shuttered business in the 'hood.

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised that this is closing; I was in around Christmas time and was shocked at the sparse inventory and empty shelves. It was obvious that something was very, very wrong.

Anonymous said...

ditto 11:13

Dixter said...

I loved the idea of a great cooking store in Noe Valley. I think the owner did a great deal of community building by being a pickup site for Community Supported Agriculture and holding classes and SF Food Bank fund raisers.
I think the timing was off by a few years. The economy tanked. I suspect that credit to buy new stock dried up. That was not his fault.
I will miss Cooks Boulevard. Very much. Thank you for all you did and tried to do.

Anonymous said...

I think they made a great effort with this shop. The space was much too big for them. A more petit store crammed to the rafters with great items would have been perfect. I do agree that I love to support local businesses but I also had to watch the wallet and wsa able to get much of what Cooks Blvd carried at other locations in the city for less money. I wish them the best of luck with other adventures. Please no more nail salons...please...I beg!