And the latest business targeted with anti-Trump protests is — Wegmans.
The grocery store chain drew ire from the National Organization for Women because its 10 Virginia stores stock Trump Winery products, the Washington Post reported.
According to the Washington Post, Wegmans carries 237 Virginia wines from 58 different wineries at its local establishments, including five different wines from Trump Winery. And it’s those products that caused about 300 members of Prince William County’s National Organization for Women chapter to make plans to boycott the store until the wines are removed.
“Certainly if Wegmans is carrying Trump wines, I personally will not shop there,” National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill told the Washington Post.
But Jo Natale, vice president of media relations for Wegmans, told the Washington Post that the grocery stores have carried products from that winery since 2008 — before President Donald Trump owned it.
“Our role as a retailer is to offer choice to our customers,” Natale said.
“Individual shoppers who feel strongly about an issue can demonstrate their convictions by refusing to buy a product,” she continued. “When enough people do the same, and sales of a product drop precipitously, we stop selling that product in favor of one that’s in greater demand.”
Headquartered near Rochester, New York — in a state that does not allow grocery stores to sell wine — Wegmans has a cult-like following of grocery shoppers. Fans have created high school musicals, the social media hashtag #Wegmania and apparel.
Forbes listed Wegmans as one of the top five best employers in America in 2016.
As the Post reported, Trump bought the Charlottesville, Virginia, winery for $6.2 million at a foreclosure auction in 2011.
“I’m really interested in good real estate, not so much in wine,” Trump said then. “This place had a $28 million mortgage on it, and I bought it for $6.2 million. It’s a Trump deal!”
Trump has promised to distance himself from his many businesses as president.