Just one year after opening, Whole Foods is closing its store in the cesspool city of San Francisco. Company officials provided a statement on the closure, citing the need to protect their employees,
“We are closing our Trinity location only for the time being. If we feel we can ensure the safety of our team members in the store, we will evaluate a reopening of our Trinity location.”
The San Francisco Standard reported that a City Hall source added background information to the closure, saying Whole Foods also “cited deteriorating street conditions around drug use and crime near the grocery store as a reason for its closure.”
The Whole Foods Market is an expansive 64,737 square feet and was hailed as a “flagship store” during its March 2022 opening.
In October, the Market Street grocery store initially attempted to counter ongoing issues of theft and aggressive customers by cutting store hours. In addition, finding syringes and pipes in public restrooms meant altering and enforcing bathroom rules. One worker shared that it was common for thieves to fill their suitcases with groceries before going into the bathroom. Whole Foods instituted a policy where the only customers admitted to the restrooms were those who could produce a receipt.
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Twitter users mocked San Francisco leaders who have turned a blind eye to the rampant crime destroying the once iconic California city. “Breaking: San Francisco’s leaders are expressing concern that While Foods exit from the city as a result of ‘high theft’ and ‘hostile transgender customers’ will make it extremely difficult for residents to steal healthy food.”
Downtown SF looks like a zombie apocalypse. People who’ve not been there have no idea.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 11, 2023
Elon Musk responded to the tweet agreeing that San Francisco has significantly deteriorated, saying, “Downtown SF looks like a zombie apocalypse. People who’ve not been there have no idea.”
Disheartened, Matt Dorsey, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, responded to the closure by announcing he is introducing new legislation alongside Supervisor Catherine Stefani to change the City Charter and fully restaff the police department over the next five years. Previous reporting showed the department was seriously understaffed, losing 335 officers over the past six years. The city’s goal was to have 2100 department members, yet it currently staffs only 1,537.
Dorsey shared that the store’s closure made him “Incredibly disappointed but sadly unsurprised by the temporary closure of Mid-Market’s Whole Foods.”