Last March I told you about Bartell Drug’s downtown Seattle store which had employees subject to violent assaults as criminals become more brazen. From my post:
“The city’s problems are so severe that drugstore employees are routinely harassed and physically beaten at the downtown Seattle Bartell drugstore.
Hanna Kim for Q13 Fox reports that Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzsch says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees. The CEO has been surprised over the number of incidents and the violence she is seeing in Seattle.
Surveillance videos inside Bartell Drugs have captured countless shoplifting cases. In one incident, video shows a man in one aisle quickly running off with up to $700 worth of skincare products.
Lentzsch says many times the criminals are bold and many of them are repeat offenders. “They will stand in front of our staff with a basket full of products and tell them we know you can’t come after us and walk out the door,” Lentzsch said.
“We’ve had too many cases of employees ending up in the hospital or with very serious issues,” Lentzsch said. Multiple employees have been rushed to the hospital because of violent assaults.
Sometimes it’s shoplifting that escalates to assaults or just unprovoked attacks. The situation is concerning enough that the company is rethinking their future in the downtown core of Seattle.”
Read the whole story here.
Apparently Bartell’s has had enough.
A story from KOMO states that crime concerns are forcing a local drugstore to close its location in downtown Seattle. From their story:
“Officials with Bartell Drugs confirmed they will be closing the 3rd and Union store early next year before their lease ends. They will continue to pay rent on the empty location through the end of the lease.
Police have stepped up patrols in the downtown core in recent months to address crime, but Bartell Drugs decided not to stick it out.
Officials said it’s senseless crime, like the ransacking seen on surveillance video that’s forcing downtown businesses like Bartell Drugs to pack up shop.
Bartell Drugs said the cost of stolen items and hiring armed security has become too high.
“The cost of doing business downtown due to the need for armed security guards, and the increases from a variety of Seattle’s costly requirements that have come into play over the past few years, now means that it costs us less to pay the rent with no offset than it does to operate the store,” Bartell Drugs said in a statement.”
Read the whole story here.
Take a bow, Seattle bureaucrats!
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