Walgreens Closes 5 San Francisco Stores for “Organized Retail Crime”

Walgreens will close five more stores in San Francisco, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday, citing continued organized retail crime as the reason.

  • 2250 Ocean Ave. closes on November 8th and prescription files at 1630 Ocean Ave. transfer.
  • 4645 Mission Street will close on November 11th and recipe files will be transferred to 965 Geneva Street.
  • 745 Clement Street will close on November 15th and recipe files will be transferred to 3601 California Street.
  • 300 Gough Street will close on November 15th and recipes will be broadcast to 2145 Market Street.
  • 3400 Cesar Chavez Street will close on November 17th and recipes will be transferred to 2690 Mission Street.

“Organized retail crime remains a challenge for retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to it,” said Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso. “Retail theft at our San Francisco stores has continued to increase five times our chain average over the past few months. To combat this problem, we have increased our investment in security measures in stores across the city over this period to 46 times our chain average to create a safe environment. “

The drugstore chain hopes to move employees from closed stores to other nearby locations.

San Francisco board of directors, Ahsha Safai of District 11, said he was “devastated” over the loss of the store on Mission Street TwitterHe writes, “I am utterly devastated by this news – this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple food for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will have a major impact on this community. “

Safai told SFGATE that while the Mission Street store had added an off-duty police officer for store security in recent months, it was “too little, too late for this store”. He said he was in contact with Walgreens and the shoplifting was affecting the company’s bottom line, as well as the safety of its employees and customers. “This is a sad day for San Francisco,” said Safai. “We cannot keep closing these anchor institutions that so many people rely on.”

Walgreens closed a location on Van Ness Ave in October 2020. 790 after a surge in crime, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited up to $ 1,000 daily loss of stolen goods. (SFGATE and The San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst, but operate independently.) The rampant shoplifting was often bold and carried out in broad daylight – this month the Inside Edition filmed a section on the rise in drugstore crime when they caught a man jumping over the counter to do just that.

California law states that theft of anything under $ 950 is a non-violent crime.

Walgreens has closed at least 10 stores in the city since early 2019.

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