Saturday, May 30, 2020
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER SHUTS DOWN COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA SATURDAY AS MORE MERCHANTS DECIDE TO ABANDON LOCATION ALTOGETHER!!!
Violent social unrest seems to the the final nail in the coffin for one of the most iconic entertainment districts in Kansas City.
Special thanks to KICK-ASS TKC readers who have been sending photos of the protest and sent these links throughout the day . . . Here are the basics for Saturday night party plans:
KCTV5: The Plaza says they will close at 4 p.m. Saturday in response to scheduled protest
KMBC: A few businesses were damaged in Friday's protest over George Floyd's death.
Fox4: The shopping district will reopen on Monday at 11 a.m.
Denizens of our blog community called this one last night.
However, our research and TKC readers went beyond the headlines and got a bit of EXCLUSIVE SCOOP from a frustrated merchant.
Here's the word . . .
"Coronavirus and this has FINISHED the Plaza as far as I'm concerned. A few leases are coming up for renewal in August and you're going to see a major exodus. There's a very big retailer that's going to make the announcement that they're going to abandon their project. It will cost them millions to get out of the contract but it's not worth it. The Plaza is dead and City Hall helped to kill it. What I saw was the mayor encouraging this kind of behavior and absolutely no consequences for destruction of property. That's not a good environment for luxury brands . . . You can't have your customers in fear for their life when they're spending a lot of money. We've already seen have a dozen closures on the Plaza since the beginning of the year. That's just the beginning . . . "
To wit and just to make the point clear . . .
CORONAVIRUS AND VIOLENT CIVIL UNREST ARE KILLING BIZ ON THE KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA!!!
Whilst it's easy to cheer and clown luxury brands going the way of the Dodo the impact extends to workers in hotels, restaurants, real estate and so many other industries that are now starting to view this location as far too volatile for for their business.
Developing . . .