Royals’ World Series run drives proliferation of pop-up shops

Dick's Sporting Goods and other Kansas City-area retailers stocked up on Royals gear after the team clinched its first World Series berth since 1985. | Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods was among the retailers to stock up on Royals gear in 2014. A variety of retailers are taking advantage of the Royals’ success again this year. | Courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Kansas City Royals postseason success has been a home run for operators of pop-up shops around Kansas City.

Geoff Porter, a stand manager for Event Merchandising Inc., set up a shop in the lobby of Kansas City’s downtown Marriott hotel this week. He had a tourist from Mexico spend $2,000 on various pins, shirts, hats and other team merchandise that the tourist planned to bring to friends and family back home.

Rich Davis, a T-shirt salesman with N&D Sports out of Connecticut, set up a downtown pop-up shop of his own.

“We’ll be here through the World Series and then disappear into the night,” Davis said.

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