Boston activists are spitting mad after four store closures could have been avoided

When retailers decide to close brick and mortar locations in 2024, it’s a fairly common occurrence.

In many cases this is because business is shifting to the internet and in others the culprit is “Bidenomics” – but that isn’t always the full story either.

Now Boston activists are spitting mad after four store closures could have been avoided.

Businesses are fleeing big blue cities.

It’s a trend that can be seen all across the country.

As Democrat-run cities install prosecutors who won’t prosecute, retailers have closed up shops, over concerns relating to employee and customer safety and inventory shrinkage from shoplifting and other crimes.

Last year, Walgreens announced it would close five of its San Francisco stores due to retail theft.

Business Insider reports that in the last three years over 17 retailers have left San Francisco’s Union Square area, including Nordstrom, Office Depot and Old Navy.

The company said in a statement, “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.” 

A sad situation is spreading

After announcing that decision, the company was attacked by the far left for racism.

Now, this same situation is happening in Boston.

The fourth Walgreens in Boston has just announced its impending store closure and this one, like the others, sits in a predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhood.

For big corporations, the process of “selling” a store closure has become a risky endeavor and it’s all because of political blowback that could affect the sales even at their more profitable locations.

Now, when deciding to close stores because of rampant criminal activity, these companies have become cagey about the reasoning.

While residents and left-leaning media are outraged, this is simply a predictable response to what has amounted to legalized criminal activity in large swaths of the country.

CBS Boston claims that the store closures are a result of “targeting black and brown neighborhoods” and local activists are outraged at that prospect, but the real explanation is much simpler.

Matt Walsh: There are consequences for enabling a criminal free-for-all

As conservative podcaster Matt Walsh points out, there are consequences for effectively legalizing violence and theft.

According to Walsh, it is useless for police to arrest suspects over recurring shoplifting because the District Attorney won’t prosecute any “non-violent misdemeanor,” for any reason. 

Walsh mentions where a woman robbed the same store three times in one day only to be arrested by police out of sheer exasperation but she still won’t be prosecuted.

In the end, this is simply unsustainable.

Until criminals are apprehended and prosecuted the same corporate media will soon be doing stories about “food deserts” because of evil greedy grocery store chains when the problem is simply the local officials and the voters who install them.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.

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