Aramark to be official retail provider for Papal visit

The official Pope plush doll for September visit (photo: Stephanie Farr)
The official Pope plush doll for September visit (photo: Stephanie Farr)

Aramark, the global provider of food, facilities management and uniforms, has been named the official retail provider of event merchandise for the Eighth World Meeting of Families Congress from Sept. 22- 25. Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27. Up to 3 million people are expected to visit the city.

Aramark will be selling a range of branded merchandise from $5 to $500. Commemorative pins start at $5 while paintings and a sterling silver cross will go for up to $500 apiece. Apparel range from $40 to $70. A commemorative plush doll of the pope will cost $20.

Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark's sports and entertainment division, expects rosaries - from $10 to $200 - will be the most popular item.

You can buy online before and after the visit at http://wmof.myshopify.com/ - Joel Wee