Another Walgreen is set to permanently close its doors this month.
The shop on the corner of Bush and Larkin Streets posted signs in its windows last week announcing its closure, which will take place on March 17th.
But community members are so concerned about the closure that they have started an online petition hoping to stop it. Change.org’s petition had 179 signatures at the time of publication, underscoring the importance of the site to seniors. The place where the prescription will be transferred, 1524 Polk St., is not accessible to the disabled, the petition says, and is up a hill.
This is at least the 10th store in town that the drugstore chain has closed since early 2019. The Walgreens on the corner of Van Ness and Eddy in the Tenderloin were closed in November 2020.
Walgreens locations in San Francisco have often been a target of rampant shoplifting. A recent incident was even caught on camera during an “Inside Edition” segment. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that one Walgreens location lost an average of about $ 1,000 a day in goods due to shoplifting. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst, but operate independently.) Theft of goods less than $ 950.00 is a non-violent crime under California law.
SFGATE has reached out to Walgreens multiple times and received no comment at the time of publication.
SFGATE editor Amy Graff contributed to this story.