San Francisco, CA

Walgreens Temporarily Closed Due to 'Severe rat infestation'

Cameron Eittreim
SF Gate

Unsightly news happened at the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 1333 Castro St In San Francisco, California this week. According to a recent report that was released by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The location at 1333 Castro St had a severe severe rat infestation, and inspectors who visited the location ordered that it had to be closed immediately, according to SFGate.

In the report, it was noted that grocery items and food were contaminated by the vermin that were in the store. There were droppings around the food which included noodles, flour, and snack food products. In addition to the droppings that were found in the storage area, there was also a dead rodent that was found in a glue trap.

As of this writing, the health department is requiring the store management to hire a licensed pest inspector. The store will not be allowed to reopen until the immediate health hazard has been taken care of. The holes will need to be filled and the area will need to be sanitized for the store to pass inspection again. It is unclear when the next inspection will take place and the store will reopen.

There were no previous violations for this Walgreens location according to This is also the only Walgreens location in San Francisco that has been closed down due to any kind of pest infestation. The Castro district is one of the most historical areas in San Francisco, and this Walgreens is a popular location for the pharmacy chain.

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