Yeah… There’s another Walgreens store closing soon in San Francisco

Adding to the ever-growing list of Walgreens stores closing in SF, the location at 141 Kearny Street is set to close Feb. 22 – making it the eleventh location of America’s second-largest drugstore chain to close in the city since 2019. .

In October 2021, Walgreens announced plans to close five more local branches in San Francisco by the end of November, citing rampant shoplifting as a viable way to create growing numbers of drugstore deserts in the city ( and country). All of these locations have since closed permanently, leaving ominous, empty voids inside buildings that have yet to be rented or purchased. And by the end of this month, after the Walgreens at 3400 Cesar Chavez Street closed on November 17, a total of ten Walgreens locations in San Francisco had officially closed since 2019.

Well, it looks like that number will now be eleven at the end of February.

SFGATE has announced that the pharmacy at 141 Kearny Street is due to close on February 22. As for patients with prescriptions actively filled at the store? They will see their prescription drug orders automatically transferred to nearby stores.

“Pharmacy patients will receive a letter in the mail providing more information about their prescription records and our teams at these nearby stores look forward to serving them, said Fraser Engerman, Senior Director of External Relations at Walgreens. , digital media.

Engerman didn’t give a specific reason for the outlet’s closure… but he did (in an incredibly roundabout way) allude to the fact that certain “dynamics” and “shopping habits” found in the San Francisco might not meet the company’s criteria for this location.

“As we continue to execute on our strategy to expand Walgreens’ role as a leader in delivering healthcare, we are focused on building the right network of stores in the right locations to better serve the needs of communities than we serve,” Engerman added. . “There are a number of factors we take into consideration when opening and closing sites, including local market dynamics and changing shopping habits of our customers.”

Walgreens has previously claimed that security for San Francisco sites costs 46 times more than the chain average; the drugstore chain had also pointed out that spending on in-store security was creating poor results.

Comparatively, CVS Pharmacy — America’s largest drug store chain — closed just two locations during the same three-year period that saw nearly a dozen Walgreens stores close permanently. Perceive it as you will.

Related: Two SF Walgreens locations will permanently close tomorrow; Another will cease operations on Wednesday

Pictured: Customers walk past products locked in security cabinets at a Walgreens store set to close in the coming weeks on October 13, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Walgreens announced plans to close five of its San Francisco stores due to organized shoplifting that has plagued its stores in the city. The retail drugstore chain has already closed 10 stores in the city since 2019. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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