A San Francisco mall is being sued for allowing premises to “deteriorate” and failing to protect American Eagle employees from “gun violence, physical assaults, burglaries and thefts,” according to a report.
The San Francisco Business Times first reported on a lawsuit filed by the company that owns American Eagle, AE Retail West LLC, against the Westfield mall.
“The lawsuit claims that the American Eagle store, between May 2020 and May 2023, was the site of more than 100 ‘significant safety incidents. …On multiple occasions, customers brandished firearms while verbally assaulting employees of the store'”, indicates the San Francisco Chronicle. reported.
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“Westfield cannot escape the harm it has caused without consequence,” AE Retail West LLC asserted in the lawsuit filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court. “He must be held accountable for the damage caused by his failures and broken promises,” the Chronicle reported.
Westfield Mall did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
Westfield, a shopping center giant that also has locations at the World Trade Center in New York and New Jersey, told FOX Business in June that the company and its partner Brookfield Properties had stopped making payments on a loan of $558 million guaranteeing the San Francisco Center. property.
“For more than 20 years, Westfield has proudly and successfully operated the San Francisco Center, investing significantly during that time in the vitality of the property,” the company said in a statement.
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The statement continued: “Given the challenging operating conditions in Downtown San Francisco, which have resulted in declining sales, occupancy and foot traffic, we have made the difficult decision to begin the process transfer of management of the shopping center to our lender to enable them to appoint a receiver to operate the property in the future.
It’s another example of a high-profile company withdrawing or withdrawing its operations from San Francisco entirely, in what some critics have called a “doom loop,” a cycle of escalating crime that leads to business bankruptcy.
Westfield’s announcement comes after Park Hotels & Resorts announced it had returned two high-profile hotels to the bank. The real estate investment firm announced it was abandoning the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Park 55, saying the city’s streets were unsafe and expressing doubts about the neighborhood’s ability to recover.
An AEO Inc. spokesperson said the company does not comment on any pending litigation.
Mayor London Breed’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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Breck Dumas of FOX Business contributed to this report.