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Ferguson businesses struggle to stay afloat following unrest

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- While some businesses affected by the unrest on West Florissant promise to stay in the community, many are struggling stay open.

At the intersection of West Florissant and Canfield sits Red's BBQ, just blocks from where Michael Brown was shot, which has made the difficult decision to shut down for good.

"When you run out of money, can't pay rent, customers don't come in, there's two options... well, there's really one option--and that's close the doors," said Jay Kanzler, an attorney who represents many of the business owners on West Florissant.

Charles Davis, who owns the Ferguson Burger Bar met with staff from Fontbonne University's College of Business to plan a new business strategy, but Davis said what he really needs is customers.

"We need customers and we need grants. Loans don't help because we're not making any money, we can't pay it back," said Davis.

Kanzler said his clients agree that the blame for their situations sits on Governor Jay Nixon and the State of Missouri for the lack of National Guard troops on November 24, the night the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown was announced. However, he said the ultimate blame lies with the looters and vandals.

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