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"The Metreon store is not closing," the spokesperson told SFGATE.

Based on alleged, anonymous interviews with San Francisco police officers, the California Globe story stated that this Target location was shutting down due to a shoplifting "epidemic." The Globe did not appear to quote Target in this story.

Retail theft has, indeed, proven to be a serious issue in San Francisco, and Target has had its hours affected due to an uptick in theft.

The issue has reached national headlines, following a viral video shared by KGO reporter Lyanne Melendez and the recent closures of multiple Walgreens locations in the city, due to what the company says is mass shoplifting. However, follow-ups from SFGATE, the San Francisco Chronicle and other outlets have found that retail theft may not be the sole issue for those stores shutting down. (SFGATE and the Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.)

The Globe story was also largely critical of District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Mayor London Breed, with the story claiming that the mayor "begged" the company to not shut this location down. (Breed's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.)

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The article was written by Ken Kurson, the owner of a holding company that publishes the California Globe and the former editor-in-chief of the Observer in New York, appointed in 2013 by then-publisher Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband and an official in former President Donald Trump's administration.

Kurson was charged by the Department of Justice in the Eastern District of New York in 2020 for the cyberstalking and harassment of three individuals; he was pardoned by Trump earlier this year.

Another Target location, the spokesperson told SFGATE, is closing down — on 225 Bush St. — but not due to theft. The store is closing "due to years of underperforming sales," they said, and all employees at this location will have the option to transfer to a different location.

Source : https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-Metreon-Target-not-closing-Globe-16555010.php

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