A bomb threat forced the Seward Community Co-op’s Friendship store to shut down Saturday night.
Employees received a call Saturday from someone who made “hateful statements” regarding the store’s diverse community and threatened to bring a bomb to the store, where a sign reads: “Everyone welcome.”
The police recommended the store be closed for the remainder of the night. The store reopened as usual on Sunday.
“We treat all threats as credible and will respond appropriately,” the store’s management said in a written statement. “The safety of our staff and customers must come first.”
Police are investigating the threat.
“We are stronger than one ugly voice,” Sean Doyle, Seward Co-op general manager said in a written statement. “We condemn all hate crimes and encourage our community to support organizations that stand up to individuals who commit hate crimes.”