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Ferguson Businesses Suffering After Unrest

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)
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Police stand guard along West Florissant Avenue to prevent a repeat of the unrest that followed the recent death of Michael Brown. August 21, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police stand guard along West Florissant Avenue to prevent a repeat of the unrest that followed the recent death of Michael Brown. August 21, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Sales are taking a major nosedive at businesses located in the Ferguson riot zone.

The Dellwood Market is completely boarded up after every window was smashed out, and one has to look closely to see the word “OPEN” spray-painted across the front.

Owner Jan Lalani says apparently many regular customers are driving right on by.

“We’re down 50 to 60 percent,” he says.

The calmer situation of the last few nights has given him some cause for hope.

“It seems like the past two days it’s been kind of quiet. So if we can stick to that, and get our store fixed up again,” Lalani says.

But if business doesn’t pick up again soon, Lalani says he may have to consider shutting his doors for good.

The story is the same up and down West Florissant, where a majority of the nightly violence has taken place. Most businesses say sales are down 50 percent or more.

Sam Ogunmolawa also had to board up all the windows of his pharmacy along West Florissant after angry crowds smashed them out last weekend.

Supporters organized a “BUYcott” – the opposite of a boycott – in an effort to bring more business to Ferguson, but the pharmacy owner says while he appreciates the effort, the idea hasn’t taken hold, yet.

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