One looted store holding going out of business sale

Charles Molineaux
Updated: July 03, 2020 11:12 PM
Created: July 03, 2020 10:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One store wasn't able to recover after it was looted during the unrest in late May that followed a peaceful protest in downtown Rochester.

Joe Fico owns Sneaker King II on Lake Avenue in Rochester.


"[The looters] destroyed us. They took everything," Fico said.

Fico says a night of intense looting was the final nail in the coffin of his business.

Security video from dozens of businesses across Rochester shows crowds of looters devastating one store after another on May 30, including Sneaker King II.

"It's unimaginable how much stuff they took," Fico said. "They were pulling up here with all kinds of trucks and everything and loading up the trucks. There had to be in the course of the night, two, 300 of them."

Now Fico is unloading the scattered merchandise that happened to be locked up that night in a going out of business sale.

Fico says from looking at what happened all over town, insurance which the store does have, is slow in coming and isn't likely to be enough.

"It's not like putting in a $1,000 claim," Fico said. "I mean they took a lot of stuff."

On top of that, bills have piled up since the incident.

"It's been like five weeks already so it's kind of like impossible now," Fico said. "Because the rent, the gas, all the bills keep on coming but no money is coming in."

Fico says that night of crime came on the first date Sneaker King II could reopen after already being closed for weeks in the coronavirus lockdown. He says his future plans are up in the air but that this store will not come back, at least not in this location.

"I believe it will happen again," Fico said. "You know, because it was nothing done to stop them, or deter them. You know what I mean?"

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