A new sign for convenience stores has been installed in the San Francisco Bay Area, marking the start of a nationwide effort to end the tradition of flag-raising at local businesses.
The Bay Area is home to some of the nation’s busiest stores, including Starbucks and Whole Foods.
Last year, Starbucks’ owners agreed to a similar measure in Los Angeles, and more than 100 convenience stores have adopted similar signs.
In New York City, a new sign on the city’s Long Island Expressway announced Monday that it would be replacing the city flagpole, and another on the Staten Island ferry terminal announced plans to change the state flag to one of the city and state flags.
In Seattle, a local flag will be replaced by the Seattle flagpole in 2018, the city announced Monday.