Burlington coat factory removes all Trump brand goods from its website
BURLINGTON TWP., Feb 16: Ivanka Trump products have disappeared from the website of Burlington Coat Factory, a South Jersey-based retailer facing calls for a boycott from critics of President Donald Trump.
But an online boycott campaign, #grabyourwallet, said it will continue to target the Burlington Township-based firm.
A search of the retailer’s website resulted in the message, “We were unable to find results for ‘Ivanka Trump.'”
A representative of the chain’s parent company, Burlington Stores, did not respond to requests for comment.
Most were sharply critical of Burlington Coat Factory, contending the retailer had acted for political reasons and predicting dire consequences.
“This Deplorable will never shop in your store again,” wrote Doug Burdette, whose Facebook page identifies him as an Aberdeen, Maryland, resident. “I just wish the $400 plus I spent there for Christmas could be returned. Ivanka Trump is a good person.”
“Won’t be shopping at Burlington again,” wrote Theresa Fowler of Fort Worth, Texas. “Love Ivanka. Too bad you cast your lot in with the unbalanced liberals.”
Other people offered praise, and the two sides sometimes engaged in insult-tinged exchanges.
“Love, love Burlington,” wrote Christina Aracelys Rojas Guzman of Yonkers, New York.
“If it didn’t sell, why keep it?” asked Taylor Harrell of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. “Geez people these days need to grow up.”
Burlington Stores, a Fortune 500 company, has 570 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico, according to its website.
The company’s stock closed Monday at $86.02 per share, down 59 cents.
The boycott effort targets more than 60 firms that are affiliated with the Trump family or sell products under the Trump brand name.
The campaign drew increased attention this month when Nordstrom said it would not carry the first daughter’s spring collection in its 349 stores, including an outlet at the Cherry Hill Mall.
That pleased boycott advocates, but angered Trump supporters.
The president criticized Seattle-based Nordstrom in a tweet, saying his daughter had been “treated so unfairly.” A top aide, Atco native Kellyanne Conway, raised ethics concerns when she promoted Ivanka Trump products during a televised interview at the White House.
Nordstrom said it acted after sales declined for Ivanka Trump products.
“This decision was based entirely on business results,” a company representative told an irate customer in a recent post at Nordstrom’s Facebook page. “It was not a political decision.”
The Wall Street Journal, citing internal documents, said sales of Ivanka Trump clothing and shoes dropped by nearly a third at Nordstrom stores in the past fiscal year.