Del Norte District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin announced today that CVS Caremark Store #10478 in Crescent City will be securing its hard liquor behind locked partitions in an effort to reduce pilferage and hard spirits ending up in the hands of minors. CVS is the second major retailer in Del Norte County to announce the securing of its hard liquor. Store Manager Marty Sugimoto said the decision to secure the liquor was based on values shared by both CVS Corporate and the City of Crescent City and the County of Del Norte .
Gitlin announced CVS Caremark joins Wal-Mart Crescent City which locked up its liquor in January. CVS Caremark is the first City retailer to make safe its hard liquor inventory. Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson and Del Norte County Office of Education Superintendent Jeff Harris joined Supervisor Gitlin in supporting the decision made by CVS and Wal-Mart. Supervisor Gitlin said, this is the first step in separating our youth from hard liquor and hopes other large retailers such as Safeway, Walgreen’s and Rite-Aid, all located within the City of Crescent City, will follow suit and implement similar measures in “ locking up the liquor. “ Gitlin further stated, “Not unlike cigarettes, cosmetics and jewelry which are also secured, this decision will help to prevent irresponsible adults and minors who would shoplift alcohol and help to keep this product out of the hands of our kids.”
CVS Crescent City plans to open its new store in mid-May.