It's Last Call at Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio
After almost four years on Market Street, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio is closing its San Francisco store in July. Combined with the recent closure of the brand's Livermore Premium Outlets store, that leaves the Bay Area with only the Great Mall Milpitas Last Call.
Neiman Marcus announced last September that it would be closing 10 of its 37 outlet stores. Livermore was among the planned closures; Market Street was not. At the time, Elizabeth Allison, Senior Vice President of Last Call told Fortune the decision was part of a strategy to dedicate more resources to the company's luxury portfolio—namely, Neiman's and Bergdorf's. Fortune reported that Last Call was also looking to distinguish its brands from peers (like Saks Off Fifth) by offering customers more discounted merchandise from full-price Neiman Marcus stores, instead of made-for-outlet merchandise. As the magazine explained, "Fewer Last Call stores to ship clearance merchandise to means more product for the remaining stores."
A staffer at the Market Street Last Call said the store will remain open until July 13, but that estimate begs belief given the slim pickings that remain. All street level merch has been moved down to the basement, where about half the space is allotted for sparsely organized racks. You can find some gems among the Last Call dregs—like Rodarte and Tom Ford skirts for about $400 each—but most of the items are what you would expect to find inside a store displaying the tell-tale "Everything Must Go" signs. There are a few handbags and a smattering of lingerie, though hardly enough to justify a trip just to scope out 90-percent off accessories.
If you're in the area and you love nothing more than a great sale find, stop in. You should be able to scour the racks and try on any contenders in 30 minutes.