published on December 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM
Written by Associated Press

(AP) – San Francisco’s oldest department store, Gump’s, is closing its doors after 157 years in business.

Shoppers rummaged through the iconic store’s remains Thursday, with all items marked down 70 percent to 90 percent off.

Gump’s was founded in 1861 as a frame and mirror shop.

It transformed itself into an exclusive store, located in the city’s Union Square neighborhood, catering to a clientele that craved engraved note cards, crystal vases, fancy dinner ware and an array of luxury items.

The San Francisco Chronicle once reported that the store’s customers included French actress Sarah Bernhardt and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who bought ship models and smoking jackets.

As San Francisco changed, Gump’s mostly stayed the same.

Earlier this year Gump’s filed for bankruptcy. Its final day of business is Sunday.


e-Newsletter Signup

Our weekly poll

Is your company participating in the federal payroll tax deferral program?

Loading ... Loading ...

Central Valley Biz Blogs

Popup
shares

3/5

Article views

remaining

Sign up icon

To continue website access to

TheBusinessJournal.com

please create a FREE account OR login here.

1/5

Article views

remaining

SKIP THE POP-UPS
For only $59 for one 1-year you will receive the Print edition along with EVERYTHING The Business Journal has to offer digitally, PLUS you will have unlimited 24- hour a day access to view articles at

TheBusinessJournal.com

Use Promo Code

*New Subscribers Only

Digital and Print

XX Days Remaining

until you can view 5 more free articles

Sign up icon

Want access? Subscribe now & save $20 OFF.

Use Promo Code

WEBSUB20

* NEW SUBSCRIBERS ONLY