November 28, 2014 8:37 AM EST

It will be a quiet Black Friday on Ferguson’s West Florissant Avenue. The modest commercial strip that runs through the heart of the embattled city has been devastated by rioting and looting. Now, a haze of doubt hangs over many workers and merchants there who wonder whether their businesses can survive the terrible toll — and the fear of possible uprisings to come.

Some retailers, like Mohamad Yaacoub, have been slammed twice by violence. His store, Sam’s Meat Market, was looted in August after unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson…

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