Ferguson businesses struggle to stay afloat - KMOV.com

Ferguson businesses struggle to stay afloat

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Grants have gone out to help the shops, restaurants and other businesses, but they are relatively small.

The state is offering no-interest loans.

But if some businesses in Ferguson can't count on a steady income, they say they can't take on more debt.

When it comes to business, name recognition is usually a good thing, unless it's 2015 and your name begins with “Ferguson.”

We were proud of that name,” said Dixie Wieser of Ferguson Auto Center. “It told people where we're at and who we are.”

The husband and wife behind the Ferguson Auto Center have been piecing together the money to stay open ever since customers started to shy away in August.

“Every year for 36 years at tax time, my husband has had three deep of cars lined up all state inspected, all ready to sell, all ready to go,” Weiser said. “Right now you can see we got (them) parked.”

Going on seven months now, many businesses in and around Ferguson are trying to figure out how long the downturn will last and whether they'll make it to the recovery.

“I think I'm hoping that it's going to come back, but I don't know how long,” said Idowu Ajibola of Rehoboth Pharmacy in Dellwood. “I am so stressed out. I don't want to have to give into all this, but we are not going to have a choice.”

Businesses that News 4 contacted want to see a wider effort to help them keep their doors open, saying the crisis is not over.
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