As the Ferguson protests are nearing their third month, local business owners are reporting that the lack of stability within the region is posing a threat to their stores.
Aside from the numerous windows and storefronts that have been defaced or otherwise smashed, the decreased amount of revenue stemming from shoppers is having a lasting impact on storeowners.
Many owners are not sure what plan of action to take, so they will wait and see what happens when the expected November ruling is handed down on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson.
“We’ve lost $200 to $300 in business nightly, people are afraid to pick up in the night, after dark,” said Tammy Cao of the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese Restaurant. “People are too scared at night … I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Cao went on to say that her restaurant had to pay $1,500 out of pocket for damages that occurred on the face of the building. The insurance deductible was for $5,000, so the damages were not severe enough to be covered, but were severe enough to dent the stores finances.
“I know customers who have left the area,” said Cao. “I just want everything to go back to normal and everyone can do business again.”
Many storeowners share the same thoughts as Cao, merely wanting their storefronts to be looked at as safe and stable places again. Zisser Tire & Auto said the rioters “knocked out 90 percent of our windows, which are still boarded up. We’ve just been trying to go to work, business as usual – nobody wants to take the boards down until we see what happens. It’s more of the not knowing what’s going to happen next.”