Kansas City businesses share disappointment at lack of customers during NFL Draft

Some Kansas City businesses did not reap the reward of profits, when the fans flocked to the NFL Draft, leading to disappointing sales.

Erik Mclean


The NFL reported that 312,000 fans attended the NFL Draft in Kansas City between Thursday and Saturday. But while the NFL Draft was bustling with long lines and excitement, some Kansas City area businesses say their shops were empty.

Cafe Cà Phê, Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop, located just over four miles away from the draft, said its had its slowest-ever weekend in sales since opening in August.

Other businesses spoke out with similar messages. Vintage clothing store FETCH, located at 1101 Mulberry St. in Kansas City, Missouri, said despite being close to the action, it hadn’t seen any.

KC Wineworks at 1829 McGee St. said it is in the same boat, and would consider closing its doors when Kansas City hosts the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Shop Local KC said Saturday that despite having a location in Crown Center, its sales were down 44% on Thursday, up 15% Friday and down 22% at the time of making the post Saturday, compared to the same days of the previous week.

Through the disappointment and frustration, many small business who struggled during the NFL Draft, vocalized the importance of supporting one another.

“Go out and support every small business this week!” Cafe Cà Phê said. “They need extra love + encouragement.”


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