“They wanted to do something for him,” Tremblay said. “They were really bummed out by it.”
Some of Tremblay’s vendors said they were anxious to start selling the shirts.
Rich Rigazio, owner of Signal Variety convenience store in Plaistow, said he ordered 144 shirts. He ordinarily doesn’t sell T-shirts, but said he wanted to help an important cause and will donate some of the proceeds.
“We just know it’s something where people will want to give back,” Rigazio said. “We want to do what we can to help. Everyone wants to support this cause.”
At Stateline Paysaver convenience store in Salem, clerk Cathy Coneeny was busy yesterday afternoon letting people know they could get their shirts today.
“It’s awesome,” she said of the shirts. “I’m telling all the customers.”
Coneeny planned to buy a Boston Strong shirt online before leaving for work yesterday, but ran out of time. She’s glad she can get one at work.
Coneeny said owner Arthur Notini wanted to join the cause and plans on donating some proceeds to benefit the victims’ families.