One-hundred and 13 years after historic boutique Gump’s burned down and was rebuilt, San Francisco’s oldest retailer is prepared for one more resurrection.
After closing up store in December, the posh specialty retailer was salvaged by New York funding banker John Chachas and his household, who plan to reopen within the metropolis’s Union Sq. space on Monday.
Gump’s was famend for its distinctive and delightful presents, jewellery, ornamental house furnishings and girls’s attire and equipment, in addition to a historical past that dates again to California’s Gold Rush period, with the shop’s founding in 1861. So when the corporate filed for chapter final yr, liquidated its merchandise and closed its doorways in December, the information shocked the Bay Space.
Enter the Chachas household. Based on Anne Chachas, Gump’s government vice chairman and head of selling, the household is “thrilled to bring Gump’s back to San Francisco.”
The situation — a 2,000-square-foot website at 250 Put up Road, between Grant Avenue and Stockton Road — isn’t precisely new. The enterprise operated out of that location for 85 years, beginning in 1909, and a descendant of the founding Gump household owns a majority stake within the property.
Though it’s smaller than the shop’s earlier location, a sprawling venue a few