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Developer chokes on plans for Mid-Market hotel

The development pipeline in Mid-Market has been filled with hotel, restaurant and retail projects, but projects have taken years to get through approvals. [Read entire story]

Why Salesforce is easing S.F.’s October crush by hitting the snooze button on Dreamforce

In past years, Dreamforce has landed alongside Oracle Corp.’s OpenWorld, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Treasure Island Music Festival and Fleet Week — events that collectively attract more than 2 million visitors. [Read entire story]

With Blue Bottle acquisition, Nestlé can get out of the house

The world's largest food and beverage company acquired a majority share of the local coffee company, which is quickly expanding beyond its 40 locations. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: Former Annie’s CEO talks about his food startup’s new Bay Area office and his celebrity partner

The former CEO orchestrated Annie's $820 million acquisition by General Mills in 2014. [Read entire story]

Developer proposes 239-room hotel with restaurant on SoMa parking lot

London-based developer Ennismore has brought on Handel Architects for its plan to build an eight-story hotel at 424 Brannan St. [Read entire story]

Food market drops Oakland plans after Uber scales back expansion at former Sears Building

Uber's decision to retreat from Oakland has sowed fallout as the anchor tenant in its office building there withdrew plans to develop a food hall at the site. Newberry Market & Deli was initially slated to take more [Read entire story]

Exclusive: How an underfunded corporate catering startup is staying ahead in a jam-packed market

The San Francisco-based startup has just a fraction of the investment capital, but has worked with companies including Adobe, Capital One, Salesforce, Visa, Wells Fargo and Chariot. [Read entire story]

Moscone overhaul hits halfway point of $551M expansion

The Moscone Expansion Project is a four-year, four-phase overhaul that will increase the amount of convention space by 21 percent. [Read entire story]

Mid-Market developer wants to court new type of retail tenant

In the four years since Cypress closed on the property, the developer says the type of retailers looking for space has changed, a shift that prompted it to restructure the project so it incorporated tenants looking for [Read entire story]

Instacart preparing for life beyond Whole Foods following Amazon’s purchase

The San Francisco-based grocery delivery service once relied on Whole Foods for the bulk of its business. Now that Instacart is on its way to covering 80 percent of the country, however, it's in a very different [Read entire story]

In need of grocery, Hayes Valley prepares to welcome chain retailer despite ban

The Portland-based grocer is spreading throughout Northern California. Will San Francisco officials let it skirt swanky Hayes Valley's chain store ban? [Read entire story]

Bay Area cannabis businesses, expecting a boom, struggle to lease retail space

A patchwork of irregular regulation and permitting has stumped dispensaries trying to lease traditional retail space. [Read entire story]

Adriano Paganini dishes on San Francisco’s best neighborhoods for restaurants

The restaurant group has opened both full-service and fast-casual concepts throughout the city, including Super Duper Burgers, Uno Dos Tacos, Starbelly and A Mano, its most recent addition. [Read entire story]

Bill Gates, Richard Branson ramp up stakes in S.F. faux meat startup

Bill Gates and Richard Branson are among the high-profile investors involved in a new funding round for local vegan startup Memphis Meats, proving that the food technology market is even meatier than some analysts had [Read entire story]

The new ‘golden ticket’: liquor licenses up for grabs in S.F. for first time in nearly 80 years

The number of liquor licenses available in the city is tied to the city's population, with one available for every 2,000 residents. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: Walnut Creek lands another online retailer opening brick-and-mortar space

The affluent East Bay suburb is already slated for a new Amazon Books location, and its strong demographics has caught the attention of other online retailers scouting for space. [Read entire story]

Is funding for food tech too frothy? This investor explains why he thinks so

New Crop Capital has invested in Bay Area startups like Memphis Meats, Miyoko's Kitchen, Geltor, New Wave Foods, Ocean Hugger Foods, and was involved in the early stages of Hampton Creek. [Read entire story]

Why Target’s future Bay Area growth will look pretty small

The Minneapolis-based retailer has plans to double the number of small-format stores, which typically range around 30,000 square feet versus the traditional Target locations' 130,000 square feet. [Read entire story]

DoorDash takes automation to the next level with new step toward robotic delivery

Two San Francisco startups are teaming up to experiment with how robotic delivery can scale to accommodate the rising demand for delivered goods. [Read entire story]

Amazon takes deeper dive into brick-and-mortar with new instant pickup facility in Berkeley

The new brick-and-mortar space will be available for Prime and Prime Student members, and made its initial debut this week among four other locations across the country. [Read entire story]