BOSTON — A local Walgreens is shutting its doors for good. The pharmacy closure in Roxbury on Warren Street is the latest in low-income communities in Boston, after stores in Hyde Park and Mattapan recently closed their doors.
Many lawmakers have spoken out against this closure, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, who stood along protestors in front of the store, asking Walgreens not to close it. Despite their efforts, this pharmacy is closing for good today.
The Warren Street Walgreens is the fourth Boston Walgreens to close in a little more than a year. The pharmacy chain announced about 200 in total will close nationally this year.
Several protests were held outside, asking Walgreens to keep this location’s doors open. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley represents this district and she spoke on the house floor—addressing her concerns about shutting down a pharmacy in another low-income neighborhood.
“When a Walgreens leaves a neighborhood they disrupt the entire community and they take with them baby formula, diapers, asthma inhalers, life-saving medications, and of course jobs,” said U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley, who represents District 7. “These closures are not arbitrary and they are not innocent. They are threatening life acts of racial and economic discrimination.”
The Boston Herald just last month reported:
Robberies and thefts in Boston spiked dramatically last year, raising concerns about a troubling trend as thieves increasingly targeted stores and other commercial businesses, according to Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox.
Some areas facing the largest increase were the Back Bay, and the area around the South Bay Center in Dorchester, according to Cox. He said the primary targets have been “big box stores” and upscale shops, as people “are just going in the front of these stores, and grabbing stuff and running out.”