Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Massage Envy owner considers opening Castro shop

The owner of a Massage Envy shop in San Francisco is contemplating a move to the Castro district.

Dexter Lee told members of the Castro Merchants business group this morning (Thursday, March 3) that he’s looking at the former Radio Shack space at 2280 Market Street, but that spot is only a “possibility.”

Lee, whose current Massage Envy is at the Metreon entertainment complex in the South of Market neighborhood, said he’s also looking at other locations on Market and Church streets, but the Radio Shack space is “the furthest along in the discussion.”

He said he realized it’s “a little bit early” to make his presentation to the group, since he hasn’t signed a lease or begun the conditional use permit process yet. He’d need to get a conditional use permit, in part because there are already 1,100 Massage Envy locations in the country, and the neighborhood has restrictions on chain stores.

With 1,500 services a month, Lee said, his current shop is “quite busy.” He said the fact that many of his customers come from the Castro, Noe Valley, and other neighboring areas is “what’s driving this look to expand” to the district.

He said there would be seven to eight treatment rooms, and up to 25 employees. There would be no showers or locker rooms.

“The customer comes, receive their service, then they leave,” Lee said. However, he said, the business would be “a good neighbor for other retailers because of the traffic we generate.”

He added, “We’re quiet. We don’t make a lot of noise.”

If he uses the former Radio Shack site, “the façade would not be covered,” although, “obviously, you wouldn’t be able to see into the massage rooms.”

Lee, a Castro resident, said he hoped to return to the group, which could eventually offer its support as he tries to get approval from the city’s planning department, in “the next few months with a more concrete proposal.”



— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 3, 2016 @ 4:26 pm PST
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