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Big Lots announces closure of Ferguson store, says unrest not a factor

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A major chain is shutting down its store in Ferguson

Big Lots is the second national chain store that has closed since the death of Mike Brown. Neither Big Lots, nor KMART, who previously announced the closure of its Ferguson store, are linking the shut down to the area unrest but some small businesses are feeling the pinch.

“Once my lease is open I think I will have to move,” said Binh Ho.

Ho owns a nail shop near the Big Lots and said her business has been down 50 percent.

Her neighbor, Salon Selective, also shut down.

“I worked at Salon Selective and I lost my job. She closed up after the riots her clients did not want to come over here anymore because of all the things going on,” said Carolyn Tidwell.

The Kmart at 270 and West Florissant announced in September it would close.

 “It’s really bad because we don’t have anywhere to go as is if these things shut down where are we going to go we have nowhere else to go,” said resident Sandy Rason.

The Walmart and Sams in Ferguson said they’ve seen a change in operations, however they have no plans to leave the area. 

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