October 15, 2021

5 more San Francisco Walgreens to close; SF Supervisor says it’s directly related to retail theft

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Neighborhoods throughout San Francisco will quickly be dealt one other blow as 5 more Walgreens prepare to shut in November due to organized retail theft.

  • Ocean Avenue close to Stonestown
  • Clement Avenue within the Richmond District
  • Cesar Chavez Avenue within the Mission District
  • Mission Avenue within the Excelsior
  • Gough Avenue in Hayes Valley, the shop the place ABC7 information reporter Lyanne Melendez shot video of a shoplifter over the summer season, that went viral.

VIDEO: Thief steals rubbish bag full of things from SF Walgreens with safety filming in plain sight

On Tuesday night, the Walgreens on Mission within the Excelsior was very busy, with many individuals standing in line for prescriptions. The closure is very tough for the aged group.

“Quite a few medications I have,” defined Francisco Ortiz, who lives close to the Walgreens and says it will likely be tough for him to get his prescriptions at one other pharmacy. “It makes me in a way mad and upset and sad.”

“I rely on this Walgreens because they are close to my house,” mentioned Wilma Garcia Deguno, who’s been procuring on the Walgreens since 1971.

She’s 85 and not drives, however the Mission Avenue retailer is strolling distance from her home. “I feel so bad that I cried when somebody told me that Walgreens is closing and I said I can not do anything.”

Deguno demonstrated how she sees thieves pulling gadgets of cabinets within the retailer.

In consequence, she says, “they’re just losing money.”

(*5*) mentioned San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who added, “we need to turn this around.”

Safai has prioritized organized retail theft. An on obligation SFPD officer is now stationed on the Excelsior retailer, the place Safai’s mom additionally outlets, however he says there aren’t sufficient cops to go round. So, he is launched laws that will permit Sheriffs deputies to contract with companies for extra time work for free of charge to town.

“We’re doing this as a way to be preventative. We have no intention of wanting to go back to the times of over incarceration, but there needs to be more presence in the city as a major deterrent.”

On Tuesday, Mayor London Breed additionally addressed the necessity for improved safety. “We want to make sure that they’re doing a better job strategically around their security systems to ensure these crimes don’t continue to happen.”

Due to rampant retail theft, Walgreens and Goal shops have closed all through San Francisco in recent times.