On Sunday morning, Ricky Flores swept inside his Melrose Avenue clothes retailer Flashback, the place an indication out entrance learn, “Now open! Please wear a mask for entry.”
He and his buddy opened the shop 4 years in the past, with assist from buyers they finally purchased out. A 12 months in the past, enterprise was going so properly they moved from a smaller house subsequent door to a bigger one.
The shop had simply reopened Friday after being closed since March due to the coronavirus outbreak. That they had bought masks and different merchandise on-line, which helped make up a few of the monetary losses.
However they closed their doorways once more Saturday due to the George Floyd protests. They watched on the information as buildings throughout the road burned.
When Flores arrived round 7 a.m. Sunday, folks had been nonetheless stealing objects from the shop, he mentioned. The alarm was blaring and folks had damaged the safety gate the night time earlier than.
“I assumed this was going to be cool,” Flores mentioned, shaking the damaged gate. “This ain’t no safety gate. They obtained via it simply.”
In addition to footwear and garments, folks stole three televisions off the wall. They even stole the ice dice trays from the freezer.
“What sort of a sick particular person takes the ice dice trays out of the freezer?”
He estimated losses totaling $200,000.
Flores and his associate had been optimistic about reopening after Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the inexperienced gentle for prolonged retail operations amid the coronavirus outbreak. However with all of his stock now gone, he mentioned it will likely be troublesome to start out over.
“We had been like, OK, issues are wanting up,” he mentioned. “After which it’s like, rattling, we simply obtained hit. The timing — we’re barely getting over the virus. It hurts so unhealthy. After which to take care of this?
“If they are saying it’s secure to open again up in two days, it’s like: What are we going to promote?”
As he swept up shattered glass, passersby stopped to take video and photographs of him and the ransacked retailer. Many other stores were in an analogous place Sunday. On either side of Fairfax Avenue at Melrose, enterprise homeowners had been sweeping particles or pacing on the sidewalk whereas speaking to restore contractors and landlords on the telephone.
Some determined to board up shop and wait for one more spherical of potential unrest.
Flores questioned whether or not dusk would deliver extra of the identical. However he questioned what they’d even get if looters return to his retailer.
“They already obtained every part,” he mentioned. “What else might they actually rob? I hope the National Guard goes to be strolling up and down this avenue.”
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