By and  on April 22, 2008

NEW YORK — While Pope Benedict XVI's visit that ended Sunday may have charmed New Yorkers, it posed a logistical challenge for retailers.

"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."

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