- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wegmans Food Markets is the latest retailer to face boycott calls for carrying Trump products.

Members of the Prince William County, Virginia, chapter of the National Organization for Women — the country’s largest feminist organization — are pressuring the New York-based grocery store chain to stop selling Trump Winery products at its 10 Virginia stores, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Jo Natale, a Wegmans spokeswoman, said the company has been selling wines from the winery in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 2008, when it was still operated by Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard. President Trump bought the property in 2011 for $6.2 million, and it’s now run by his son Eric.

“Our role as a retailer is to offer choice to our customers,” Ms. Natale told the Democrat and Chronicle. “How a product performs is our single measure for what stays on our shelves and what goes.”

“Individual shoppers who feel strongly about an issue can demonstrate their convictions by refusing to buy a product,” she told The Post. “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.”

The Stop Trump Wine group on Facebook is dedicated to persuading Virginians to boycott businesses that carry Trump wines.

“Events during Donald Trump’s campaign made it clear that Eric Trump, the president of Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares the views of his father,” the group’s website states. “Let’s demonstrate through economic action that the residents and business owners of Charlottesville will not stand for the hatred espoused by Eric Trump and those like him.”

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, told The Post that she won’t shop at Wegmans until it stops carrying Trump wines.

“Certainly if Wegmans is carrying Trump wines, I personally will not shop there,” she said.

The boycott comes amid several retailers dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line, citing poor sales performance. Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, and Burlington Coat Factory have either stopped carrying Ivanka Trump products altogether or stopped promoting them. Meanwhile, Sears and Kmart have stopped selling Trump Home furnishings online.

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