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Walgreens Shuts 5 More Stores in San Francisco

Walgreens announced on Tuesday that it will be closing another five San Francisco locations, citing the ongoing rampant theft plaguing the city. Walgreens spokesperson said that due to ongoing organized retail crime, they have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco.

Walgreens also added that each store will transfer prescriptions to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius and they expect to place the stores’ team members in other nearby locations. Due to the organised retail crime that is hard on retailers across San Francisco, and they are not immune to that.

The company also added that the 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, they increased the investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average to provide a safe environment.

The stores closing in the coming weeks are at 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street. Walgreens has shuttered at least 10 of its stores in the city since the beginning of 2019. Critics blame a referendum California passed in 2014, which downgraded theft of property to a misdemeanor as long as its value is $950 or less.Over the summer, the California Retailers Association reported that San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento have some of the highest organized retail crime in the nation.

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