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Some Midtown store owners weren't thrilled at the effect the Pope's visit had on their bottom line. "'Our Fifth Avenue store was open, but it was totally blocked,' said Robert Siegel, chairman and chief executive of Lacoste USA. 'The police wouldn't let people move by the store for about five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., [Saturday] and wouldn't let people in that area with any shopping bags or backpacks.'" Barneys, Ralph Lauren and Saks were also affected a bit, though 'many exhilarated shoppers visited [Saks] after the Mass.' [WWD, subscription req]

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