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Legendary California Chocolate Company Closes a Downtown San Francisco Store

The See’s Candies location at 3 Embarcadero Center closes on December 24

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Dianne de Guzman is a deputy editor at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, upcoming openings, and pop-ups.

More than 100-year-old California chocolate mainstay See’s Candies is closing one of its downtown San Francisco shops for good, SFGATE reports. A sign posted to the door of See’s Candies’ 3 Embarcadero Center location notified shoppers that the store will close as of Saturday, December 24. Just three See’s Candies stores will remain in San Francisco after this closure, although the company maintains more than 200 stores across the United States, according to its website.

This closure caps off a year of businesses shuttering in and around downtown San Francisco, along with efforts by the city to curb the exodus. Particularly in the Embarcadero Center, the Vacant to Vibrant program has sought to temporarily install small businesses into vacant storefronts this past fall to help increase foot traffic in that area.

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