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Walmart Closing Final Locations in Major US City, Months After CEO Warning About Retail Theft

Months after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon issued a warning about how rampant theft will impact its decion-making, the company announced its final two stores in Portland, Oregon, are closing at the end of the month.

“The decision to close these stores was made after a careful review of their overall performance. We consider many factors, including current and projected financial performance, location, population, customer needs, and the proximity of other nearby stores when making these difficult decisions. After we decide to move forward, our focus is on our associates and their transition, which is the case here,” a Walmart spokesperson told KPTV.

The decision to close the two remaining locations on March 24 comes after McMillon warned in December how the company may have to respond to address an uptick in retail crimes.

“Theft is an issue. It’s higher than what it has historically been,” he said on CNBC. “If that’s not corrected over time, prices will be higher and/or stores will close.”

Commenting on the news, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said it’s what happens when city leaders “refuse to enforce the rule of law” and allow mob rule.

Walmart isn’t the only company to decide to call it quits in Portland over crime issues. Nike and Cracker Barrel shut down last year, and clothing store Rains PDX did the same, according to Fox Business, leaving a note on its door in November explaining why.

“Our city is in peril,” the message said. “Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.”s

READ 18 COMMENTS
  • Dorothy says:

    This is going to happen in all of the Democrat run cities. Bring the Police and laws back. The thugs who kill, steal and do everything to destroy our country and the Democrats allow it to happen. The thugs will know when their time is over. They seem like real dumb and malicious people. Take, take and take.

  • ron says:

    Ahhh yes, Liberalism has its rewards. We need the old Reagan Law and Order crusade.

  • EZ says:

    close all stores and let them eat sh!t

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