Last call for Campari’s S.F. headquarters as spirits giant relocates to New York

San Francisco will soon be drained of one of the world’s largest spirits companies with Campari America’s recent decision to relocate its Bay Area headquarters to the East Coast.

The Campari Group subsidiary plans to vacate its offices in Levi’s Plaza this fall after signing a nearly 65,000-square-foot lease in New York City to accommodate all 165 of its United States-based employees. It’s unclear how many of those positions will be transferred from San Francisco and how many will be new hires.

The Campari Group — which produces popular spirits brands such as SKYY Vodka, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Espolòn Tequila, Appleton Estate Jamaican Rums and Glen Grant Scotch Whisky — acquired Campari America in 2002. The subsidiary had been based in San Francisco since the early ’90s.

Most of the corporations fleeing San Francisco over the past few years have left because of the stifling costs of doing business. Jamba Juice, for example, boxed up its headquarters in Emeryville in 2016 and relocated to Dallas in search of cheaper operating costs and a lower cost of living for employees. For Campari, however, the spirits company said on its website that its decision to move was geographic.

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