Albuquerque Walmart Closes: Unbelievable 708 Police Calls in 2022! What Happened?

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Michael Thomas shopped at the Walmart at 301 San Mateo Blvd. SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, every week for roughly three years up until six months ago.

He began to see more people stealing items from the store. Sometimes, he saw shoppers physically attacked.

So when Walmart said last month that it would be closing the store, Thomas wasn’t surprised.

It’s “very sad,” he told Insider, because there aren’t many retailers with stores in that part of Albuquerque. But it is “expected,” he said.

The San Mateo Boulevard store is set to close on March 10 after opening in July 1985, according to Walmart spokeswoman Lauren Willis. The store has 287 employees, all of which are eligible to transfer to another store in the area.

Walmart did not answer questions about whether crime rates at the Albuquerque location were responsible for the decision to close it. But Albuquerque police officers had their hands full with the store in the past year. The Albuquerque Journal reports that 708 calls were made requesting police service at or near the store in 2022.

“There is no single cause for why a store closes,” Willis told Insider. “We do a thorough review of how a store performs and weigh many factors before making the difficult decision to close a facility.”

She added that the Albuquerque Police Department “has been a great partner and we are extremely appreciative of their efforts to combat crime at this store.”

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