Former Detroit Popcorn Co. owner David Farber has come out of retirement to reacquire the business after Evan Singer, who had owned the company for a year and a half, posted a racially charged comment on Facebook this week.
Singer is no longer affiliated with or employed by the 97-year-old business, says Farber. The new owner says he intends to sell the company to African American investors in the near future.
Singer commented on a video of a Target store being damaged by protesters on the social media platform, writing “they wonder why they need knee’s on there necks (sic),” which was a reference to the recent death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.
“I was very disheartened and disappointed in what Mr. Singer wrote on Facebook,” says Farber. “I don’t tolerate racism in any form, ever. Detroit Popcorn Co. is closed in the short term until we can assess the best way to move forward and also facilitate a sale.
“Mr. Singer disrespected our community, customers, and employees. I could not tolerate this behavior at a company that I once owned, therefore, I decided to buy back the company.”
Farber purchased the business several years ago, retooled the business model, and built it into a successful company.
After Singer’s post, Quicken Loans, the Detroit Zoo, and the Fox Theatre announced plans to stop working with Detroit Popcorn Co. Other companies that did business with Detroit Popcorn Co. have deleted website pages that once touted the popcorn.