Hemet businesses prepare for Monday night protests

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Vero's Ice Cream owner Armando Alvarez affixes plywood to his storefront on Florida Avenue in Hemet in preparation of protests and potential looting Monday, June 1. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Vero’s Ice Cream in Hemet is just one of many businesses battening down the hatches in preparation of protests expected Monday, June 1, regarding police brutality and the killing of a black man by a police officer in Minnesota, Monday, May 25. 

Vero’s, which opened Feb. 1, was boarding up windows at the shop on Florida Avenue to protect the business from any potential looters or rioting, owner Armando Alvarez, said.

“We want to be safe,” he said. “The neighbors told me to board it up with plywood just in case.”

This is the second time Alvarez had to close his doors t his family owned business, the first time was due to the business restrictions due to COVID-19 in March.

“We want to make a businesses in Hemet, but when COVID-19 came we closed the business for two months. We reopened on May 1st and now it’s happening again,” Alvarez said. We owe money on this business, it’s just hard.”

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.