Target Corporation, which suffered from a consumer boycott earlier this year after embracing gender modification for children, has announced it will close two of its Seattle outlets by the end of October. The affected stores are located in Seattle’s bustling University District and the lively Ballard neighborhood.
The decision comes from growing concerns about theft and organized retail crime in the city.
Target is drawing the curtains on seven other stores across four states for a total of nine. Locations to close include San Francisco, Oakland and Pittsburgh. The decisions have been influenced, at least partially, by the mayhem and rampant crime found in major cities run by leftists. Target will be left with 22 stores in Seattle.
Target isn’t the first major brand to retreat from Seattle this year. Earlier, Nike made closed its downtown Seattle outlet that had been running since 1996. Additionally, Amazon decided to close one of its Amazon Go stores on Fifth Avenue and Marion Street in June.
A recent report from the Seattle City Auditor says that in 2022, Seattle police received 13,103 calls from the city’s top 100 retail outlets. Responding to these calls consumed over 18,000 hours, equivalent to the annual work hours of nine full-time patrol officers.