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Walgreens to Close 5 San Francisco Locations Due to Continued Crime

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Walgreens will close five stores in San Francisco next month due to ongoing retail crime, a company spokesperson said Tuesday.

The company said retail theft at its San Francisco stores has risen to five times the chain's average.

Check out the chart below to see which stores are closing, when they're closing and where patients' prescriptions will be transferred to.

Location of Stores ClosingClosing DatePrescription Transfer Location
2550 Ocean Ave.Nov. 81630 Ocean Ave.
4645 Mission St.Nov. 11965 Geneva St.
745 Clement St.Nov. 153601 California St.
300 Gough St.Nov. 152145 Market St.
3400 Cesar Chavez St.Nov. 172690 Mission St.

Patients do not need to do anything when it comes to their prescriptions, according to the company. They will automatically transfer to a nearby Walgreens location. Patients will receive additional information in the mail.

Is there anything more that can be done to stop retail crimes in San Francisco? NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai spoke to Supervisor Ahsha Safai and Investigative Reporter Candice Nguyen about the recent thefts that have forced Walgreens to close five stores in the city.

"What I want people who commit these crimes to understand: your mother, your grandmother, your relatives, they depend on places like Walgreens and CVS and Targets where they have pharmacies to get their medications," San Francisco Mayor London Breed said. "So, when these locations close in a community, then the entire community loses."

Walgreens already closed nearly a dozen stores in the city over the past two years.

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