CVS to close 6 San Francisco pharmacies in January

San Francisco is among the big cities that have been targeted by a recent wave of retail crime

CVS Health will close six of its San Francisco pharmacy locations in January as the retailer shifts to digital services to better adapt to customer needs.

CVS Health will close six of its San Francisco pharmacy locations in January as the retailer shifts to digital services to better adapt to customer needs. (Google Maps / Google Maps)

"We’ve made the difficult business decision to close six CVS Pharmacy locations in San Francisco in January 2022," a CVS spokesperson told FOX Business on Tuesday. "All prescriptions will be transferred to nearby CVS Pharmacy locations, many of which are a half-mile or less from the closing location, to ensure that patients continue to have uninterrupted access to service. All employees are being offered comparable roles at these other CVS locations."

CVS HEALTH TO CLOSE HUNDREDS OF DRUGSTORES

The company announced in November that it would close a total of 900 locations over three years, with the first 300 slated to close in spring 2022. Despite the closures, CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch has emphasized that its retail stores are still "fundamental" to its strategy

Below are the impacted locations, their closure dates and where prescriptions will be transferred to:

  • 581 Market St. closing Jan. 7, transferring to 601 Mission St.
  • 2025 Van Ness Ave. closing Jan. 8, transferring to 2675 Geary Blvd.
  • 731 Market St. closing Jan. 15, transferring to 789 Mission St.
  • 351 California St. closing Jan. 15, transferring to 601 Mission St.
  • 500 Pine St. closing Jan. 21, transferring to 601 Mission St.
  • 400 Sutter St. closing Jan. 22, transferring to 1059 Hyde St.
Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CVS CVS HEALTH CORP. 106.22 +0.88 +0.84%

CVS said that maintaining access to pharmacy services in underserved communities, local market dynamics, population shifts, a community's store density and ensuring other stores are available to meet the needs of the community were all important factors in determining the store closures. 

"While we understand the disappointment of our closing stores’ customers and patients, we’ll continue to provide the San Francisco community with outstanding service at our 15 remaining locations in the city," CVS added. "We also offer prescription home delivery service through CVS.com and the CVS Pharmacy app to provide additional convenient access to medications."

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The closures come as San Francisco and other big cities have recently been hit by a wave of retail crime. 

CVS was one of several retailers targeted by a Northern California crime ring that stole 15,000 items worth $200,000, according to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the San Francisco Police Department's Retail Theft Unit earlier this month. Additional targets included Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Target, Nordstrom and Walgreens. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
VSCO VICTORIA'S SECRET & CO. 56.33 -0.31 -0.55%
GPS GAP INC. 18.27 -0.16 -0.87%
TGT TARGET CORP. 221.40 -4.43 -1.96%
JWN NORDSTROM INC. 22.26 -1.19 -5.07%
WBA WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC. 54.30 +0.11 +0.20%

Nearly two dozen retail executives, including CVS Pharmacy President Neela Montgomery, have signed a letter from the Retail Industry Leaders Association calling on Congress to address the "growing impact of organized retail crime on retail employees and communities" in America. Other signatories include executives from Best Buy, Foot Locker, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Levi Strauss, Home Depot, Kroger, Dollar General and Rite Aid.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BBY BEST BUY CO. INC. 100.04 -2.56 -2.50%
FL FOOT LOCKER INC. 43.38 +0.14 +0.32%
DKS DICK'S SPORTING GOODS INC. 111.61 -2.19 -1.92%
LEVI LEVI STRAUSS & CO. 23.10 -0.14 -0.60%
HD THE HOME DEPOT INC. 372.00 -14.98 -3.87%
KR THE KROGER CO. 49.12 -0.36 -0.73%
DG DOLLAR GENERAL CORP. 217.08 -5.98 -2.68%
RAD RITE AID CORP. 12.38 -0.15 -1.20%

The letter urges lawmakers to adopt the Integrity, Notification and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces (INFORM) for Consumers Act, which makes it harder for stolen merchandise to be sold online by thieves or scammers who engage in organized retail crime, such as smash-and-grab robberies.