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CVS won’t close San Francisco’s Lower Haight store after all

A red CVS/pharmacy sign affixed to a corner building
A San Francisco CVS store on Haight Street will remain open after the company previously announced it would shut down in January. | Source: Joe Burn/The Standard

Days after CVS said it planned to close its store in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood, the pharmacy chain has changed its mind and will keep the location open.

The store at 499 Haight St. was set to close on Jan. 11 as part of a broader effort announced in November 2021 to reduce CVS's national retail footprint by about 900 stores. On Tuesday—just six days after confirming the planned closure—Amy Thibault, a spokesperson for CVS Pharmacy, told The Standard the store will actually remain open.

"We’ve re-evaluated our upcoming store closure plans and have decided NOT to close the CVS Pharmacy at 499 Haight Street," Thibault said in an email. "The store and pharmacy will remain open and will continue to serve the community. We apologize for any confusion this change in direction may have caused."

A locked refrigerator with soda inside
The CVS at 499 Haight St., where soda is kept behind locked doors, was set to close in January. | Source: Joe Burn/The Standard

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Thibault added that there are no current plans to close any of the company's other 12 locations in San Francisco.

According to Supervisor Dean Preston's office, the reversal came after the Lower Haight representative reached out to CVS.

"I heard from dozens of constituents with concerns about another neighborhood-serving pharmacy closing their doors," Preston said in a statement. "I’m thrilled to learn that CVS has reevaluated and committed to being in the neighborhood for the foreseeable future."

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