Five more Walgreens stores will be shut down next month in San Francisco due to an ongoing wave of “organized retail crime.”
A spokesman for Walgreens said that the “difficult decision” was made to close the stores due to the frequency of the stores being targeted.
Prescriptions will be shipped to other stores in the area.
As for the workers at the five stores, the spokesperson was hopeful that they would be able to transfer to other stores as well.
Walgreens has already shut down at least 10 stores in the San Francisco area since 2019.
Many are blaming the closings on the lack of accountability, as thieves are casually robbing the stores in the middle of the day without any reprecussions from the police.
A larger portion of the blame is being put on California governor Gavin Newsom and Joe Biden.
Newsmax has more on the 5 most recent closings:
Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy chain in the United States with nearly 9,000 outlets, will close five stores in San Francisco due to what the company called “organized retail crime.”
CNN has reported that San Francisco has experienced a surge of crime as the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided and tourism has begun to return.
“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, according to SF Gate. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.
The lack of any sort of serious consequences from law enforcment has led to thieves casually stealing from the stores in broad daylight while onlookers record them with their cell phones.
Breitbart with more on what these closures mean for the families and senior citizens who depend on these stores:
“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” Caruso said. “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,” he added.
Asha Safai, San Francisco Board of Supervisor for District 11 admitted to feeling “devastated” over the closure a Walgreens store that has “been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades.”
“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,” he tweeted.
Californians are in a bad way due to the failures of Gavin Newsom, as well as Joe Biden's 'America Last' agenda.
Organized department store crime waves don't happen anywhere else at such a level, but that is California for you.