Walgreens closes 5 more stores in San Francisco due to theft
‘Because of the constant organized retail a crimeWe’ve made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement. Each prescription store will relocate to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius and we expect the store team to place members at other nearby locations.”
“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge for retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” the spokesperson continued. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our average chain. During this time to help combat this problem, we have increased our investment in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our average chain in Attempt to provide a safe environment.”
Stores will close in the coming weeks at 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street.
Walgreens has closed at least 10 of its stores in the city since the beginning of 2019, according to the San Francisco Gate.
Over the summer, the California Retailers Association reported that San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento had some of the highest organized retail crime in the country.
But organized retail crime is a problem in many other parts of the country as well.
Walgreens has also fallen victim to a father-daughter duo in Georgia who were convicted by the feds Tuesday for defrauding millions of dollars after selling stolen retail products in recent years.
The Department of Justice reports that Robert Whitley and Noni Wheatley operate an online business that sells merchandise collected from Atlanta stores by paying store robbers whose targets included Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and Publix.
Both Whitleys were sentenced to five years or more in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $4 million in compensation to the affected retailers.