[Rushtalk] Business booms at Trump Tower, nearby retailers hit by security and crowds

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Business booms at Trump Tower, nearby retailers hit by security and
crowds
By Melissa Fares,Reuters 5 hours ago 


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By Melissa Fares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bailey White, 13, stood patiently in line with her
little brother Keaton at the gift store inside the Trump Tower on Fifth
Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, each clutching a stuffed terrier named
Charlie that cost $35 per item.

The beagle, with a Trump monogram on its white bandana, was modeled on
the pet dog of Eric Trump, the son of President-elect Donald Trump. It
was one of the few items left on the shelves of the store, which had
sold out of that morning's fresh batch of red "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN"
t-shirts by noon.

Bailey and Keaton, 10, however, were happy with their score. The
children, who had traveled to New York from Florida originally for the
Thanksgiving Day Parade, told Reuters they were huge fans of Donald
Trump, listing at the top of their reasons his commitment to reduce
illegal immigration. Or, as the younger brother puts it, "To stop bad
guys from getting in our country."

As businesses around the president-elect's glitzy New York home have had
to deal with extra security and crowds reducing foot traffic sales in
the lead up to Fifth Avenue’s busiest shopping weekend, Trump souvenirs
have been flying off the shelves at the billionaire's gift store.

Trump supporters like the White siblings and their mom Laura have proven
to be a boon for at least one of the his businesses in the immediate
aftermath of the U.S. presidential election.

In just one hour, a Reuters reporter counted at least 100 people
crowding the shop located on the lower level of the Tower to buy hats,
pins and more. Many were disappointed to find the $30 dollar red "MAKE
AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" hat and all campaign t-shirts out of stock. 

Just one door over, a single salesman sat in dim lighting in the middle
of the day at a New York City souvenir store, also in Trump Tower,
greeting visitors with, "Looking for Trump merchandise?" before
redirecting them. 

When asked if the number of visitors inside the Trump Tower had
increased since the presidential results, a security guard in the
building replied: "One hundred percent." 

Outside, where some of the world's most well-known retailers spend more
on rent than in just about any other city, shoppers had to fight through
security, crowds and media packs to enter the Gucci store or tony
jeweler Tiffany's.

Rosalia Betancourt, 69, first trekked to Trump Tower two days after
Trump was elected in search for the eponymous red hat. They were sold
out.

When Betancourt, who moved to New York from Venezuela more than four
decades ago, braved holiday crowds a week later on Wednesday, she had to
leave empty-handed once again. 

"It's all right" she said. "I guess I'll go online. It just has to be
red."

Sari Nielsen, 71, was waiting at the Trump Cafe next door to the shop
for the crowds to die down. 

"I want to buy my nephew Pete a Trump golf hat for Thanksgiving," said
Nielsen, who moved to New York in 1975 from Argentina.

Shoppers also had the option of buying Trump cufflinks, blankets, bags,
perfume, candy, books authored by members of the family and more.

The line shortened somewhat during lunchtime when visitors turned their
attention to the Trump Grill, which does not offer reservations but a
$25 dollar fixed-price meal.

Trisha Williams, 50, of San Jose, California also made the trip to New
York for the parade with her son Cayden, 8, who stayed up and watched
the election. The two stood outside the Trump Tower with their gold
Trump store bags.

"We wanted to experience it all and buy some merchandise," Trisha said.

But many of the items she wanted to buy were not available. 

"They didn't really have very much," Trisha said noting that a
saleswoman at the store gave her a card outlining how she can make
purchases online and that she's already followed her advice.

"I wanted a jacket with a Trump logo and a t-shirt, but they didn't
really have anything left."

(Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Leela de Kretser and
Diane Craft)



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