Which Walgreens Stores Are Closing in San Francisco? Full List Revealed

Walgreens is a go-to spot for anything pharmaceutical-related, including picking up prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine.

However, if you live in the San Francisco area, your local Walgreens may now have to close.

In a statement made on Tuesday, October 12, a spokesperson for the brand attributed the closures to "organized retail crime."

Two years ago a similar issue caused the chain to close 10 stores in San Francisco, meaning there are now 15 fewer branches than in 2019.

Here's a full list of stores closing their doors and more details on what prompted the decision.

Full List of Walgreens Stores Closing in San Francisco

The stores which will close their doors next month are as follows:

  • 2550 Ocean Ave. - closing on November 8
  • 4645 Mission St. - closing on November 11
  • 745 Clement St. - closing on November 15
  • 300 Gough St. - closing on November 15
  • 3400 Cesar Chavez St. - closing on November 17

All of these stores will transfer their prescriptions to within a one-mile radius. The stores stocking prescriptions close to these are:

  • 1630 Ocean Ave.
  • 965 Geneva St.
  • 3601 California St.
  • 2145 Market St.
  • 2690 Mission St.

Why Is Walgreen Closing More Stores?

In a statement, a representative of Walgreens explained it was due to "organized retail crime" that further stores would be closed.

The representative said: "Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco.

"Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that. Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.

"During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment."

In a Twitter thread Ahsha Safai, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a Representative for District 11, shared his dismay at the decision, and how it will affect those living close to the store on Mission St.

.@Walgreens will be closing 5 additional stores in San Francisco - including the one located at 4645 Mission St in the Excelsior

— Ahsha Safai 安世輝 (@Ahsha_Safai) October 12, 2021

He wrote: "I am completely devastated by this news - this Walgreens is less than a mile from seven schools and has been a staple for seniors, families and children for decades. This closure will significantly impact this community."

In September, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the new organized retail crime initiative which focused on increasing reporting from citizens and expanding investigative resources for the police.

Rachel Michelin, President and CEO of the California Retailers Association, responded to this, given the recent rise in these sorts of crimes across the whole of California.

She said: "California Retailers Association applauds the efforts by the San Francisco Mayor, local elected officials and law enforcement to announce a new initiative today, in partnership with local retailers and the business community to combat the City and County's growing organized retail crime problem.

"CRA's members have hundreds of stores throughout the County and City of San Francisco that have struggled for years with the continued rise in retail theft including having to limit store hours, place consumer items behind locked cases and even close stores."

Michelin also said the CRA and Governor of California Gavin Newsom have also worked together with law enforcement to extend the Organized Retail Crime Task Force, which aims to bring an end to the thefts.

People walk by Walgreens pharmacy
File photo shows pedestrians walk by a Walgreens store in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images