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Businesses deciding whether to close for ice storm

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The owner of Gracefully Aged Antiques said the business will most likely closed if the schools are closed. Credit: KMOV The owner of Gracefully Aged Antiques said the business will most likely closed if the schools are closed. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Several major employers told News 4 they're weighing a decision whether to close their offices and tell employees to stay home because of the ice storm.

Wells Fargo Advisors, which has around 5,000 employees in the St. Louis region, said it was watching the forecast and would email workers when a decision is made.

Monsanto, which employees around 6,000 in the region, said an email was sent to employees Thursday afternoon to alert them that there was a possibility that the St. Louis campus could be closed. A spokesperson said the company's top leaders would make a decision Friday morning and notify employees.

Some small businesses are considering closing because of the concern for travel on icy roads.

Hanna Peters of Gracefully Aged Antiques in Eureka told News 4, "If the schools are closed, we're most likely going to be closed because
we don't want people to try to come out if it's dangerous outside, everyone should stay home and off the roads."

For restaurants the ice storm couldn't come at a worse time because Friday, Saturday and Sunday are their busiest days. That's why Mario Boccardi of Joe Boccardi's Italian Restaurant plans to be open.

"As long as we're physically able to get here, we're going to be here. Obviously some people aren't going to be able to make it but we'll get as many employees as we can," said Boccardi.

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