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

Medical spa company eyes long vacant Castro storefront

A medical spa company would like to open in the vacant retail space at 410 Castro Street.

A medical spa company would like to open in the vacant retail space at 410 Castro Street.

A medical spa company is eying a long vacant Castro storefront to open its second San Francisco location sometime in 2016.

LaserAway Skin Care Spa, which was founded in West Hollywood, is in talks to open at 410 Castro Street, a small storefront in an old bank building in which SoulCycle recently opened. The building at the corner of Castro and Market fronts Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station and had been the site of a Diesel jeans store.

The spa would like to move into a 1,270 square foot retail space fronting Castro Street. The phone company Sprint had leased it for years, but it moved out over five years ago. Its lease, however, did not expire until the end of 2013.

LaserAway Skin Care Spa operates a store on Union Street in the city’s Cow Hollow district. It specializes in Botox treatments, laser hair removal, and laser tattoo removal as well as sells its own line of skincare products and other brands.

“Our Union Street location has been open five years. It is hugely popular there, why we need a second San Francisco location,” Jessica Heckmann, the company’s regional manager, told the Castro Merchants group at its monthly meeting this morning (Thursday, November 5).

The company is owned by physicians, noted Heckmann, and its services require medical staff to administer. It would also employ sales managers at the Castro store, which is expected to draw at least 30 customers per day.

“We would love to be open up on Castro Street,” Heckmann told the association for Castro business owners.

The spa would be open seven-days-a-week. Its services can take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour or longer to administer.

Because¬†LaserAway Skin Care Spa falls under the city’s definition of a formula retailer – it has 20 locations already in California, three in Arizona, and one in Las Vegas, Nevada – it is required to seek a conditional use permit in order to open the Castro store.

Today’s presentation to the merchants’ group was solely informational. It intends to return in early 2016 to seek its formal support before it presents its proposal to the city’s planning commission either in February or March.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 5, 2015 @ 4:56 pm PST
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