Man opens Trump-themed 'MAGA' store in Western Michigan

Posted at 9:02 AM, Dec 27, 2019

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan is the theme of a new "MAGA" store in Plainfield Township.

West Michigan local Gary Middleton opened the store a couple of weeks ago, inspired by a similar store on the other side of the state.

Inside the store is a one-stop-shop for everything Trump.

On display are shirts, flags, buttons and other Trump-inspired trinkets — many of which are Middleton's custom designs.

Middleton says the response has been overwhelmingly positive so far.

"The response has been overwhelmingly positive. It really has been. A lot of great people come in and talk, tell their stories, we've had people come as far as Indiana," Middleton said. "They love it, they are glad that somebody has the courage I guess we should say to open up a store like that."

Sales have been strong in the first couple weeks of business, though Middleton does anticipate the eventual protest.

"I fully expect that we will have some protesters, but they are welcome, that's the first amendment. I'm exercising my first amendment rights and they are more than welcome to exercise theirs. Peaceful is good," Middleton said.

This story was originally published by Aaron Parseghian on WXMI in Grand Rapids, MIchigan.