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7-Eleven in Winnipeg’s core to close, citing surge in brazen thefts

The 7-Eleven located at 500 William Avenue.
The 7-Eleven located at 500 William Avenue. Marek Tkach / Global News

A sharp increase in thefts is causing a Winnipeg business in the Centennial neighborhood to shut its doors permanently.

The 7-Eleven convenience store located at 500 William Ave. is closing due to thieves stealing large amounts of product on a regular basis, an employee told Global News.

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The store used to have four aisles of product, but now only has two because of the quantity of goods being stolen.

“Nine or ten-year-old kids just come in a group and grab anything,” said an employee at the convenience store.

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Signs informing customers of the closure are posted on the doors and windows of the store.

A notice on the window of the convince store.
A notice on the window of the convince store. Marek Tkach / Global News

“With deep regret to our loyal customers, we will be permanently closing November 24th, 2019,” reads the sign.

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Global News reached out to 7-Eleven directly, but has yet to receive a response.

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