(TMZ) — The coronavirus has triggered the panicked to seek underground shelter and ride out the global pandemic … but that — plus the air they breathe — may cost them MILLIONS.
TMZ spoke with some of the best bunker retailers in the biz, and they tell us business is usually slow this time a year but the coronavirus has business booming.
The folks over at Rising S — their glitzy shelters range from 50k to a million bucks — tell TMZ in just the last couple of weeks, they’ve had around 1,000 inquiries, with a bunch that resulted in sales for their super-custom underground shelters.
Specifically, we’re told Rising S was asked if their unique safe space can protect them from the ever-spreading coronavirus. The short answer? To a degree.
We’re told Rising S — whose backlog increased exponentially from 2 weeks to 2 months in the wake of the exploding crisis — can supply, at an extra cost, non-perishable food and medical supplies. And, for those who plunk down a pretty penny, there are free perks — customers will get a 5-gallon hand sanitizer (made by Rising S), masks, rubber gloves and bleach.
One of the most insane and lucrative purchase orders Rising S has recently received actually came from Japan … when a customer bought around 1,000 air filtration systems 2 weeks ago for a whopping price tag of $3 million. But, most of Rising S’s customers are in the U.S.
Over at Vivos Underground Survival Shelters, reps tell TMZ … sales at the moment are up over 400%. Much so … we’re told potential customers are visiting Vivos Underground Survival Shelter’s site in South Dakota and leasing bunkers.
We’re told some have specifically asked if they can rent a bunker for 6 months … in hopes that’s all the time they’ll need before this global medical crisis finally subsides.
LA Alcohol Delivery Sees Massive Spike Following “Safer at Home” Order
LOS ANGELES — Following California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer at Home” order, Saucey has experienced an unprecedented number of users on their alcohol delivery platform.
The company has seen a 300% increase in area sales compared to a standard delivery day.
“As the concern over the COVID-19 virus has grown at both the state and public levels, I think you’re not so coincidentally seeing a rise in people ordering alcohol,” says Saucey co-founder and CEO Chris Vaughn. “We’re feeling the effects elsewhere too, like San Francisco and Chicago; we’re doing our best to assist everyone who wants to use us and use us safely.”
The Los Angeles-based app recognizes they are among select delivery services fortunate enough to be helping people in a variety of markets as they practice social distancing and protect themselves from the rapidly spreading Coronavirus.
“It’s good to see so many people making lifestyle adjustments that let them be as comfortable as they can be during this time,” Vaughn said.
There may be something to that comfort thing. Since March 15, Saucey has seen ice cream sales spike by 500% and soft drinks by 150%. Lime sales also spiked by 350%, potentially pointing to more people making mixed drinks.
As for the alcohol, vodka tops Saucey’s spirit sales and is up by 250%. Whiskey, however, saw the greatest spike at 300%. IPAs held the highest increase in sales in their beer category at 300%.
Saucey will continue providing safe deliveries to the people of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Orange County and San Jose.
Costco Says Don’t Even Think of Returning Toilet Paper
(TMZ) — Costco is unsympathetic to all the folks who stocked up on toilet paper like they were never gonna get another sheet … because the superstore has made it clear — NO REFUNDS!!!
This sign was plastered on the wall of the Costco in Pentagon City outside Washington, D.C. Now that people have settled in, it seems they’re realizing they have waaaaaay too much toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wipes and Lysol, and apparently some are trying to return it for cash.
You gotta be a little sympathetic … lots of people got laid off after they hoarded these items, so money is a huge issue.
Also on the no-return list — Water and rice.
Drives Aim to Keep Historic Restaurants Alive During Outbreak
LOS ANGELES (Daily News) — With restaurants limited to takeout service or shut down completely by the coronavirus outbreak, a drive has been launched to keep some of Los Angeles’ legendary eateries from fading away.
Known as 1933 Group, the team operates about a dozen themed bars and restaurants in Los Angeles, including the barrel-shaped bar Idle Hour in North Hollywood, Harlowe in West Hollywood, Highland Park Bowl and the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood.
Many of them have shuttered in recent days amid strict orders implemented by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti, aiming to stem the flow of deadly COVID-19.
“We are struggling to survive,” said Dimitri Komarov, the venues’ co-owner. “The impact is dire. We’re losing our […]
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