Women’s clothier raises $4,500 for police, others with ‘#HooverStrong’ T-shirts sales
There’s no question that the last two weeks have been trying for Hoover retailers in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night.
With protests flaring up over dissatisfaction with law enforcement’s handling of the incident’s investigation, the circumstances have been trying for local retailers that were already dealing with the busy shopping season.
However, one Hoover retailer is making the most of the situation.
Lou Lou’s, a women’s clothing store located off Galleria Boulevard near the Riverchase Galleria, has created “#HooverStrong” T-shirts and is selling them, with proceeds from the sales put toward “a fund to buy food and coffee gift cards for the officers and other workers.”
The reaction was immediate with Lou Lou’s raising $900 in the first two hours of sales.
“So far between Friday and Saturday, we’ve sold 292 shirts,” Lou Lou’s clothier told Yellowhammer News in a Facebook message on Sunday. “And [we’ve] raised $4500 from sales of the shirts in those two days.”
On Sunday afternoon, the retailer announced on Facebook the shirts are available for sale online.
“We are floored by the amazing response, and we’re a bit unprepared for it,” the representative from Lou Lou’s added. “So we were literally just making shirts to order with what we had on hand at the time. A large order of shirts will be here on Monday and gives us the opportunity to make even more.”
The sale of the “#HooverStrong” shirts has drawn the ire of Carlos Chaverst, Jr., the self-proclaimed leader of the anti-Hoover protest movement.