CVS Pharmacy at 645 Market St. downtown shows plywood window protection on eve of Election Day. The store remains open. Photo by Chris Stone

A growing number of downtown San Diego businesses were boarding up Monday over fears of election-related unrest. Among them: a CVS Pharmacy on Market Street and a Ralphs at 101 G St.

A manager at CVS told Times of San Diego that the wooden window protection was ordered Sunday by corporate superiors. CVS didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither has Ralphs.

The CVS remained open, as was Ralphs.

Todd Walters, president of Mission Valley-based UFCW Local 135, said Monday that he’d heard of Los Angeles grocery stores being boarded but not those in San Diego.

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Also seen boarded up was a Lucky Brand clothing store at 621 Fifth Ave. It was open as well. But a building that houses the Searsucker restaurant at Fifth and Market was closed and boarded.

NBC7 said workers were seen boarding up a Union Bank branch and Fifth Avenue and B Street as well as the First National Bank down the street.

Also seen getting protection was The Wine Bank, a wine-tasting business, at 363 Fifth Ave.

The Rev. Shane Harris of San Diego’s People Alliance for Justice said he planned to hold a press conference with business leaders downtown Tuesday morning. Harris has been promoting his civility pledge among elected officials.

Harris said officials of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, the Asian Business Association of San Diego and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will appear in front of the boarded-up CVS along with downtown San Diego business owners.

The Associated Press reported that Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills will be closed to cars and pedestrians beginning Monday night.

“Businesses like the Mikimoto jewelry store, Nordstrom, Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue have been boarded up — some painted over so the wood isn’t so conspicuous — and the city has contracted with 80 armed security guards,” said the account.

Stores in downtown Washington and New York City also are covering windows, AP added.

National Public Radio said store owners were on edge from break-ins over the summer, when looting followed civil unrest in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

The radio network said District of Columbia authorities thy were not aware of any credible threats of violence as of late last week didn’t recommend boarding up for the election.

A spokesperson for Macy’s told NPR that windows on its Herald Square store in New York City “were previously scheduled to be dark this week in setup for our annual holiday displays. Out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing additional security measures at several of our stores.”

Updated at 7:55 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020