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American clothing and accessories retailer Gap has reportedly decided to close three stores in San Francisco, US. 

Two of the stores are in Embarcadero Centre and Stonestown Galleria, while the third is a flagship store on Market Street, San Francisco Chronicle reported. 

The move is part of a reorganisation plan as customers are increasingly preferring to shop online than in physical stores. 

Gap will continue to run its Chestnut Street location in San Francisco. 

Meanwhile, its Old Navy flagship on Market Street, multiple Banana Republic and Athleta locations, as well as Intermix on Fillmore, remain unaffected. 

In an email, a Gap spokesperson was quoted by The Chronicle as saying: “While these stores were initially closed as a result of city mandates, these permanent closures are part of the larger strategy we announced last year to resize our fleet based on customer shopping patterns and store profitability.  

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“As with any store closure, we are encouraging employees to find opportunities at other locations within our family of brands.” 

The retailer, which closed all stores in March reportedly planned to reopen its 800 stores and resume operations in the US. 

Gap will report its second-quarter 2020 earnings results on 27 August. 

In June, home décor and accessories retailer Pier 1 Imports received approval from the US Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia for permanent closure.