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January 1, Target Shutting Down Stores in Four States Amid Surging Theft and Crime



Target Corp. has announced it will close nine stores across New York City, Seattle, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay area due to persistent theft and safety threats. The decision came after the retailer deemed the theft-preventive measures, including the deployment of more security and merchandise lockdowns, ineffective.

“We cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests and contributing to unsustainable business performance,” Target declared. The company has been vocal about the surge in organized retail crime, affecting its bottom line significantly.

Target CEO Brian Cornell revealed that the stores experienced a 120% increase in theft involving violence or threats of violence early this year.

“Our team continues to face an unacceptable amount of retail theft and organized retail crime…Shrink in the second quarter remained consistent with our expectations but well above the sustainable level where we expect to operate over time,” Cornell stated.

The company promised to provide most of the affected employees with opportunities to work at other locations, recognizing the essential role their stores play in the communities they serve.

“We know that our stores serve an important role in their communities, but we can only be successful if the working and shopping environment is safe for all,” the company emphasized.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported a rise in the average shrink rate to 1.6% this fiscal year, leading to industry losses of $112.1 billion, primarily due to theft. The intensified retail crime prompted over 45% of retailers to cut store hours and nearly 30% to alter store selections.

Cities like San Francisco and Portland have witnessed other retailers retracting their presence due to crime and changing downtown shopping trends. Stores like Whole Foods, Old Navy, and Nordstrom closed locations, citing concerns over employee safety and the prevalence of crime.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler expressed his discontent over Target’s decision, stating, “It is disheartening to learn that Target has made the decision to close stores here in Portland and in other major cities nationwide.”

He assured ongoing efforts to enhance public safety and combat retail theft in the area.

The impact of store closures is expected to be more pronounced in communities that rely on Target for essential goods and services.

Carlos Castelán, managing director of the Navio Group, remarked, “At the end of the day, safety is paramount,” acknowledging the grave implications of retail crime on customer and employee experiences and retailer costs.

While Target plans to open about 20 locations nationwide, the closures signal the broader implications of escalating retail crime on consumer access to essential retailers in various regions.

The intense scenario has left many wondering about the effectiveness of the additional security measures and local engagements in addressing the challenges posed by organized retail crimes.

The closing stores:

  • 517 E. 117th St., New York, N.Y.
  • 4535 University Way N.E., Seattle, Wash.
  • 1448 N.W. Market St., Seattle, Wash.
  • 1690 Folsom St., San Francisco, Calif.
  • 2650 Broadway, Oakland, Calif.
  • 4301 Century Blvd., Pittsburg, Calif.
  • 939 S.W. Morrison St., Portland, Ore.
  • 3031 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, Ore.
  • 4030 N.E. Halsey St., Portland, Ore.

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  1. CandygramForMongo

    October 2, 2023 at 6:04 am


    • Stephen Terwilliger

      October 2, 2023 at 6:40 am

      Yep. This is their version of Build Back Better.
      A Complete Disaster should be their slogan

    • Gretchen Smith

      October 2, 2023 at 8:56 am

      Unfortunately the good have to suffer when the criminals take over the city. Just keep electing more demorats and the cities will be empty. Wake up America and take back the reason we have a constitution.

  2. Max

    October 2, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Blue state leaders seem to be clueless about how businesses work. To stay in business they have to make a profit. Allowing looters and other criminals free license to steal— no consequences and by the idiotic plan to defund the police, they are reaping what they have sown. They really are stupid if they think that in the atmosphere they have created, that businesses are going to hang around just so they can pay taxes and employ people. I’m only surprised that more companies haven’t bailed.

  3. Rattlerjake

    October 2, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Well, if these businesses were really smart they would take these cities to court and establish their failure to support the Constitution and their duty and oath to the people over criminals. The entire city government, including the head law enforcement officers need to be in jail.

    Shutting down so many businesses will have several negative impacts – people losing their jobs, communities losing access to necessities, and criminals migrating to other cities and continuing their crime sprees!

  4. tj

    October 2, 2023 at 8:23 am

    The Democratics logic is their entitled to this ,because let’s see slavery,economic depravity. Most of the people creating these crimes are just looting with no justification. The real effects of these closing is the people in the area that rely on these stores whether merchant or employee

  5. Richard

    October 2, 2023 at 8:43 am

    The people of these areas are responsible for this situation. If your voting for the leaders in these cities than you deserve to have these consequences. People are either very lazy or just plain stupid to continue this liberal ideology.

  6. gdblake

    October 2, 2023 at 8:50 am

    This is all part of the plan to turn America into a totalitarian police state. First identify select groups of the population for preferential status. Second foment hatred within the general population. Third withdraw necessary government protections to allow massive illegal migration into the country and the suppression of internal law and order. Fourth use the courts to attack and suppress political opposition. Fifth destabilize the economy with reckless spending and over regulation. Sixth disarm the citizenry. Eventually the country will collapse and the population will willingly give up their freedoms in exchange for security. The Democrats know exactly what they are doing and have duped their voters into believing this is all the fault of Republicans.

  7. Mike Tapplin

    October 2, 2023 at 9:27 am

    I notice they don’t mention the fact people aren’t shopping at Target store because of their support of pedohiles and satanism .

  8. MikefromTexas

    October 2, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Oh well, next time vote right.

  9. Don Baker

    October 2, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    These liberal hellholes had it coming. When the room temperature IQ residents of blue cities finally have NO source of goods and services, maybe they will realize they are to blame for their insane electoral choices. In the meantime enjoy the liberal hell you created for yourselves.

  10. the traveller

    October 2, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Instead of “you get what you pay for”, it’s “you get what you VOTE for”.

  11. Lyudmila

    October 2, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Well, the shops are closed! Is it the people’s fault? The people thought that communism had come to the city: – “everything around is people’s – everything around is mine!” But communism is when everything ends very quickly.

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