WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Following the death of George Floyd, and three days of looting and violence all over the country, many retailers in the Big Apple have decided to delay reopening.
- Some stores were boarded up since March when the stay-at-home orders hit most non-essential businesses in New York.
- Police have cautioned some retailers that the attacks could be due to a separate organized crime.
Around Midtown Manhattan, businesses covered their windows to prevent damage seen in many other major cities which show stores being smashed into and looted. Other Big Apple retailers who boarded up their storefronts are Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Uniqlo.
Amidst more demonstrations planned later in the week, reopening businesses are now pending confirmation. Other retailers have reported graffiti, broken windows, and looting of their luxury stores.
In a comment to the Post, Jerome Barth, the president of the Fifth Avenue Association said, “Most of the stores on Fifth Avenue have boarded up their windows, images of businesses being looted or ransacked in other cities,”.
Another comment to the Post was from a Macy’s spokesperson, “We recognize that Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are located in the heart of our communities and can be a target to activity surrounding this stressful situation. We have sustained damage in several stores across the country and temporarily covered the display windows at Herald Square and Bloomingdale’s 59th street on Sunday. We have limited personnel in the buildings at this time.”
According to Times Square Alliance president, Tim Tompkins, most businesses in Times Square, where the protest is to happen on Monday afternoon, are hoping for the best without taking precautions such as boarding up their windows. However, The Gap and Hard Rock Cafe secured their windows since Sunday.
Tompkins shares, “Times Square had had a lot of protests in the past; we understand that Times Square is and should be a place of protest in the city.”
Source: New York Post