FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Small businesses along West Florissant say they are barely surviving and if more violent protests erupt after the grand jury announcement, it may permanently put them out of business.
“It is not replacing the lost income. It’s about allowing them to keep the doors open. The way they [businesses] are going to stay in this community is to bring business back to Ferguson,” said Attorney for Ferguson Businesses Jay Kanzler. “With the world watching us, we have to show that this is a place where people should and will want to come.”
Many business owners say the unrest has put them at a breaking point and more looting or violence will mean they have to close their doors forever. Some business owners have received donations, grants, and no-interest loans, but it is not enough to keep them open.