Walgreens is now closing five more locations on the West Coast up North as drug stores from this local region across the U.S. are bombarding by non-stop shoplifting and lax enforcement.
Walgreens is Struggling with Theft
Shoplifters in a local region have been emboldening by a referendum. This has lowered the penalty for stealing goods. Moreover, it that is less than $850 from a felony to a misdemeanor. This is what cops and prosecutors have said.
The latest closures are confirming by a spokesperson for the company.
Challenges Facing Retailers
“In fact, organized retail crime is continuing to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco. Moreover, we are not immune to that,” Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said.
“Across our San Francisco stores, retail theft has continued to increase in the past few months to five times. It is a chain average. Thus, we are increasing our investments in security measures. Therefore, to combat this issue during this time. This across the city to 46 times our chain average. It would be to provide a safe environment.
Stores that are Shuttering
In fact, the retailer has prior shuttering 17 stores in San Francisco during the past five years.
Therefore, the new closures will “significantly impact” the community said a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“This Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and I’m completely devastating by this news. In fact, it has been a staple for seniors, families, and children for decades,” Ahsha Safai tweeted Tuesday.
There was a drug store theft in a state back East which has really descended down into a similar crisis. A dozen Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, and Rite Aid locations have largely barren shelves where staples like tampons, toothpaste, face wash, and hand sanitizer should be stocking.
“They’ve all been stolen,” a CVS employee said.