Group makes push to support businesses in Ferguson

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 11:15 PM

(KMOV.com) – A push is being led by a St. Louis area tea party group to encourage people to shop at Ferguson businesses.

The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is calling for a “buycott” of Ferguson businesses, particularly those along West Florissant that have been affected by the looting and vandalizing since Michael Brown, Jr was shot.

Some businesses have re-opened on a limited basis, but others remain closed. The group said it is trying to support small independent businesses.

"It's been through a tough time in the last couple of weeks. It's an area that has been going through tough times, actually for a about a decade and the last people need is for businesses to start pulling out," said Bill Hennessy with the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition.

The Ferguson Burger Bar has seen brisk businesses. One customer told News 4 he went to the restaurant because it is locally owned.

"A lot of guys I've met, they're pretty nice business owners. I mean, a lot of them sat at home, and watched their business being torn down on TV," Thurman Mosely said.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo said she hopes traffic will pick up for businesses in Ferguson.

"I'm hoping for another good night tonight. Hopefully, some of these barricades can come down, and these businesses can flourish again.

Businesses that have been damaged by looting can call the St. Louis Regional Chamber of the Small Businesses Administration at (314) 206-3235 for help.

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