Walgreens closing 5 San Francisco stores due to ‘organized retail crime’


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

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

“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we’re not immune to that,” said Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso. “Retail flights through our San Francisco stores have continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. During that time to help combat this problem, we have increased our investment in store safety measures. across the city 46 times our average chain in an effort to provide a safe environment. ”

The pharmacy chain is expected to move employees to close stores in other nearby locations.


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Ahsha Safai of District 11 said it 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 in seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will have a profound impact on this community. “

Walgreens close somewhere 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 goods each day. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.) The rampant robbery was often brass and carried out during the day – this monthInside edition was filming a segment on the rise in crime at the pharmacy by holding a man jumping over the front counter to do this very thing.

California law dictates that theft of less than $ 950 in goods is penalized as a nonviolent misdemeanor.

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

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