Locked up merchandise Retailers try to curb theft while not angering shoppers...

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  • John Catsimatidis, who owns the New York supermarket chains Gristedes and D’Agostino’s, said the chain has locked up more products like aspirin and deodorant in the past year but not as many as his drug store chain rivals.
  • Target confirmed it was locking up more products but instead of targeting certain items, it locks up entire categories.It’s unclear how much money retailers are losing due to organized retail crime -- or if the problem has substantially increased.
  • But if they exhibit suspicious behaviors, store workers will be notified to provide assistance, he said.Holohan said she doesn’t mind extra security guards, but she’s not interested in giving out her phone number.“It’s invasive,” she said.
  • In the past six months or so, CVS, Target and other retailers where Holohan shops have been locking up more everyday items like deodorant and laundry detergent as a way to reduce theft.
  • Isabela Burrows, 20, a manager at pet supplies chain PetSmart in Howell, Michigan, noted that her store in recent months has had to lock up more items like diffusers to calm dogs and cats and electric shaving shears.
  • Walmart said that its position of not locking up beauty products for women of color remains the same.
NEW YORK (AP) When the pandemic threat eased, Maureen Holohan was eager to scale back her online shopping and return to physical stores so she could more easily compare prices and scour ingredients o [+6644 chars]