Locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles
HUF closed its San Francisco store in early 2011 after nearly 10 years as the go-to sneaker spot in San Francisco. Then “unexpectedly” they lost their lease at their Fairfax location in Los Angeles a couple months later. Although the company has remained popular as a brand being sold at mall stores like Zumiez, the general feeling amongst San Franciscans was disappointment. Clearly the decision to not have flagship stores of any kind is a tough one for a shop owner like Keith Hufnagel, especially when most shop owners never envision much beyond the first or second location. And when it comes to their locations, retailers like Bait, The Hundreds and others have filled in the missing void as best as possible.
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