QFC is leaving the street but 15th Ave E’s big chain pharmacy Walgreens is only temporarily closed.
Shoppers and customers hoping to have prescriptions filled found the 500-block pharmacy shuttered Saturday morning.
According to East Precinct radio updates, police were called to the store around 2AM to a break-in. It’s not clear how much damage was done beyond a smashed front glass door and what if anything was taken from the store but police were looking for a suspect wearing a dark hoodie with a white backpack and white gloves believed to have used a crowbar or a baton to bust the glass and break in. The suspect was last seen fleeing through the store’s parking lot, headed south, just before police arrived.
The Walgreens pharmacy has been a target in past heists at the store. Last April, CHS reported on a robbery at the store’s pharmacy counter involving six bottles of prescription drugs.
CHS received multiple questions about the Saturday closure as neighbors are keeping a closer than usual eye on local businesses after QFC announced it is letting go 109 employees and shuttering two Seattle stores over the city’s mandatory $4 an hour COVID-19 hazard pay.
CHS reported on the potential impact to the 15th Ave E neighborhood here including the developer who purchased the 15th Ave E block home to the QFC and plans to keep the building activated during the two years remaining on QFC’s lease.
There’s no information on when the Walgreens will reopen.
UPDATE 1:35 PM: Back open!
15th Ave E Walgreens is open again, including the pharmacy.
— Aaron Brethorst (@aaronbrethorst) February 27, 2021
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