Apple Fifth Avenue glass cube remains barricaded as worries about election unrest mount

Many retailers including Apple, Gucci, H&M, and Under Armour declined to comment to on their security plans as worries about election unrest mount. However, more than two dozen security consultants, insurers, contractors and store employees told Reuters that companies are installing reinforced glass, hiring security guards or retaining on-call teams that barricade and board up buildings. The Apple Fifth Avenue glass cube remains barricaded since June.

Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City in June. (photo: FOX)
Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City in June. (photo: FOX)

Reuters:

Retailers are on edge after raiders earlier this year smashed windows, stole merchandise and, at times, set stores ablaze in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Portland and other U.S. cities… Foot Locker in its quarterly report on Aug. 21, said it racked up $18 million in costs from “recent social unrest.”

While still open for shoppers, stores like Gucci, H&M, and Nordstrom are also boarded up after looters targeted the city’s famed retail district in the spring and summer, when protests gripped more than 100 U.S. cities.

As security experts warn that the U.S. presidential election could spark renewed civil unrest, those stores remain clad in plywood as retailers seek to keep property and employees safe in the event street violence flares anew.

Aon Plc, the world’s largest insurance broker, told Reuters the majority of retailer clients it surveyed are considering boarding up stores because they are worried about looting around the election. Aon executive MaryAnne Burke said about 70% of these retailer clients did so during protests in May and June.

Construction scaffolding provider Starr Industries sheltered Apple’s all-glass “Cube” store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue behind heavy barricades and chain link fencing on June 1. It is now on standby for several companies with stores in that upscale section of New York City. “Because of the election, they are worried that the same thing will happen,” said Marian Bobelea, Starr’s president.

MacDailyNews Note: Here’s an image of the Apple Fifth Avenue glass cube entrance sans barricade:

Image: Apple Fifth Avenue
Apple Fifth Avenue

49 Comments

      1. Preventive measure taken for a mostly likely peaceful expression of discontent. Will they be happily breaking things, breaking things, “just because,” or breaking things out of rage and disappointment, per the results?

        To think that Apple unloaded A LOT of dollars months ago for “that side” of the game is…..interesting. The Corporates…the embodiment of many of our ills.

    1. As opposed to the “maturity” of gun-toting lunatics playing soldier and plotting civil war and kidnappings.

      Lumping the vast majority of peaceful protestors with rioters. More concerned about property than human lives and justice.

      No surprise this is the conservative talking point that spreads hate and fear.

            1. If you actually read Some Dude’s article, out of the 26 people he cites as “murders by lefty BLM/Antifa idiots,” 17 of the dead were themselves pro-BLM protestors, mostly killed by the police or vigilantes. One was a security guard killled by a right-wing Bougaloo supporter. Most of the rest were ordinary street crimes that just happened to coincide with a nearby protest. There are only four of the 26 that even allege that the killer was somehow affiliated with BLM or Antifa, and none of those people have actually been convicted of a crime.

          1. Try posting your list of 16 right-wing terrorist episodes to FB. They will immediately put it at the top of every feed. Try posting a list of one left-wing terrorist episodes to FB… crickets.

  1. The un-American way… break, burn, destroy, threaten, injure, kill when you don’t get your way. Who are these people? How many of them are on the “right”? How many of them are on the “left”?

    1. Everyone knows, it doesn’t matter how many on the left, it’s only the ones on the right, the ones with the guns, that you have to worry about.

      The worst thing you’ll get from the left is maybe a pamphlet? and waving a sign in your face? LOL

        1. Are YOU saying that YOU are afraid of lefties? Are you kidding me? You can count the number of lefty gun owners in the WHOLE crowd on one finger LOL. Let ‘em have their rocks, bricks sticks, whatever, I think my AK can handle ‘em. ANYONE who thinks that Lefties own more guns than us are in for a rude awakening. 🙂

          Plus, I could not care less what those crybabies do in their own back yards. In that entire list, you haven’t named ONE place me, OR YOU, have been in the last 5 years.

  2. While still open for shoppers, stores like Gucci, H&M, and Nordstrom are also boarded up after looters targeted the city’s famed retail district in the spring and summer, when protests gripped more than 100 U.S. cities.

    Protests? These were riots!

  3. I just didn’t know quite how deep the swamp was. It’s a little deeper, a little more treacherous than I thought, but we’re beating them.

    Oh, well, their heads will explode on November 3rd. Can you imagine?

    And then, you know what’s going to happen? You know what’s going to happen? I think they’re finally going to say, “Okay, that’s enough. Let’s go.” I think by that time, they’re going to have had it.

    — President Donald J. Trump, Erie, PA Rally, October 20, 2020

      1. To disposable identity: Yes they are, and they are attempting to destroy his presidency by any and all crooked and dangerous means possible. And, YOU are helping. Take a long walk off a short pier you are ignorant of history.

        1. You do realize everyone who’s worked in the white house over the last 4 years was hired by Trump, right?

          If they have since spoken up about what they experienced at the white house, that says a lot about Trump. His hand-picked top choices don’t think much of him, or think he’s a danger to the nation.

    1. Well… the Senate certainly showed everyone just how deep and murky it was in 2016. It was an eyeopener watching other 2016 Republican Presidential candidates talk about Trump before his nomination, completely change their tune after he was nominated.

    1. That’s right, the US is not the greatest. That must be why people from around the globe risk their lives to flee from their greater countries to a less great country. Makes sense. No the US is not perfect. But, if it is sooo bad, why aren’t people risking their lives to flee the US?

    1. Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.

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