Ferguson business owners: The looting is taking a financial toll

Ferguson business owners: The looting is taking a financial toll

Ferguson business owners: The looting is taking a financial toll

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by Alissa Reitmeier / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

(KMOV.com) – Many business owners in Ferguson have told News 4 the looting is taking a toll on business.

Owners of boarded up businesses along West Florissant told News 4 they are unsure how long the unrest will continue and how long they will be able to stay open.

The owner of a salon said she usually has around 10-15 customers on a typical Wednesday morning. However, the salon was empty when a News 4 crew arrived Wednesday morning. A customer did not walk in for more than one hour.

“Last week I had a lot of cancellations and it’s really impacting me,” Dellena Jones, the owner of 911 Salon said.

Rioters broke down the salon’s front door Sunday. Jones estimates she has lost thousands of dollars since.

“The possibility of what you can normally have is not there,” Jones said. “Even though I tell people it’s not bad in the daytime. They have to do what they have to do.”

The owner of Ferguson Burger Bar said she has decided to limit the establishment’s hours. Kizzie Davis said there was a near violent incident with a customer Tuesday night.

“I do believe that we need to leave early,” Davis said. “I don’t think we need to resume from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. or 1:00 a.m., that’s too late. At that time everyone is super angry, they’re tired. It’s time to go home.”

Jones said she supports peaceful protests, but said the overnight violence has brought the salon’s busy season to a halt.

“It is affecting myself, business owners in this area and people who live in this area. It’s affecting us in a whole different way,” Jones said.

Some restaurant owners said they have seen an increase in business because of the influx of people in town for the protests. However, those same business owners told News 4 such an increase is bittersweet given the circumstances.

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