Walgreens closing 5 more San Francisco stores due to organized shoplifting

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USA TODAY 13 October, 2021 - 08:05am

Are Walgreens closing in San Francisco?

Walgreens announced that it is closing five more of its San Francisco locations due to an uptick in retail crime. ... "Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco," Walgreens said in a statement Tuesday. KTVU San FranciscoWalgreens closing 5 more San Francisco stores, blames rampant theft

How many Walgreens have closed in San Francisco?

It said Walgreens has closed at least 10 stores in the city since the start of 2019. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average" despite large increases in security, Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said. ABC NewsTheft-plagued Walgreens closing 5 more San Francisco stores

Walgreens plans to close 5 San Francisco stores, citing rampant shoplifting and 'organized retail crime'

Yahoo News 13 October, 2021 - 02:21pm

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

“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” said Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment.”

The drugstore chain hopes to relocate employees from closing stores to other nearby locations.

San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ahsha Safai of District 11 said he was “devastated” by the loss of the store on Mission Street on Twitter, writing “I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community.”

I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community.

Safai told SFGATE that though the store on Mission Street had added an off-duty police officer as store security in recent months, it was "too little, too late for this store." He said he has been in touch with Walgreens and that the shoplifting was having an impact on the company's bottom line, as well as impacting the safety of its employees and customers. "This is a sad day for San Francisco," Safai said. "We can't continue to let these anchor institutions close that so many people rely on."

Walgreens closed a location at 790 Van Ness Ave. in October 2020 after an increase in crime, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, citing a loss of up to $1,000 in stolen merchandise every day. (SFGATE and The San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.) The rampant shoplifting was often brazen and carried out in broad daylight — that month ​​Inside Edition was filming a segment about the increase in crime in the drugstore when they caught a man jumping over the front counter to do that very thing. 

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

Walgreens to close 5 more SF stores citing "organized retail crime" - San Francisco Business Times

San Francisco Business Times 13 October, 2021 - 02:21pm

Residents say the loss of the drugstores could harm the community.

The company has struggled with shoplifting for years and has closed 10 stores in the city since 2019.

Walgreens will close five more of its San Francisco locations due to rampant shoplifting and "organized retail crime," a Walgreens spokesperson told SFGate on Tuesday.

"Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that," Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said. "Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average."

Walgreens locations in San Francisco have struggled with shoplifting for years, and ten Walgreens locations have been closed in the city since 2019. Community members said one closure left seniors, disabled residents, and low-income residents without a convenient local drugstore to go to, with the next closest location not being accessible to those with disabilities, according to a Change.org petition.

"During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment," Caruso said.

Caruso also said patients' prescriptions will be transferred to nearby stores.

In October, 2020, one Walgreens location closed after saying it lost $1,000 in stolen merchandise every day.

"I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community," Ahsha Safaí, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, wrote on Twitter about the upcoming closures.

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