The beauty salon signs that lined the sidewalk outside Zara Beauty Salon, where former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb once lived, were gone.
The building’s former owner, Larry Schwartz, and his wife, Carol, said the signs were taken down because the salon’s owner did not want to take on any more advertising.
Schwartz, who said he was planning to sell the business, said he paid $600,000 for the signs, but that he would not be selling them because he was afraid they might be used as a target for vandalism.
“If it was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been able to stop it,” Schwartz said.
“I’m not a person that is in a hurry to sell.”
A sign outside the Zara beauty shop, which was once owned by McNabb, reads, “We are the new home of the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Schwartz said he has received several calls from people in Philadelphia who are upset about the signs being removed.
The Eagles’ football team has had a number of run-ins with businesses in the area, including an incident in which a group of men smashed a sign outside a restaurant.
A Philadelphia city ordinance bans the display of commercial messages in certain areas.
Schwartz said that although he had previously paid for the sign, he wanted to protect his business and that the signs have become an eyesore.
“This is the kind of thing that happens to the rest of the neighborhood,” Schwartz told The Associated Press.
“There’s just no other place to do it.
I can’t imagine the pain that people have gone through trying to walk past that sign and seeing the signs up.”
Schwartz is the owner of Zara, a beauty salon in the North Philadelphia neighborhood.
The salon’s former manager, Larry Kincaid, said that after the signs came down, he received a barrage of phone calls from angry residents who were angry about the display.
“People called me at 3 o’clock in the morning telling me to get the sign down,” Kincafied said.
“(It’s) hard to believe that there are people that want to harm our business and to destroy it.”
Kincabied said the owner was willing to pay the new owners for the former owners’ rights to the signs.
He said he had talked to the owners of other businesses in nearby North Philadelphia and the area is a popular hangout for tourists.
“We do have to pay them for the right to display them,” Kinsley said.
Schwartz has said he will donate the signs to a nonprofit that provides housing for people with mental health issues.