Minneapolis Businesses Fear Unrest Repeat

A few miles away from where Derek Chauvin is on trial, “uncertainty" is keeping some business owners awake at night., reports Shayla Reaves (2:24). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 29, 2021

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- A few miles away from the Hennepin County Courthouse, uncertainty keeps some business owners awake at night. They worry about the outcome of the trial, what it will mean for the community, and what it will mean for them. As Shayla Reeves reports, the unrest following George Floyd's death remains fresh on their minds.

HEATHER WARFIELD: We've talked about whether or not to board up or not, but it is a nightly, daily thing we have to worry about.

SHALYA REEVES: These are questions weighing on the team at Wendy's House of Soul. As the trial of Derek Chauvin presses forward, pressing decisions are going to be made on Glenwood Avenue, too.

What are your fears, worries, anxieties?

HEATHER WARFIELD: My fear is that things are gonna be destroyed again, and that we won't be able to recover.

SHALYA REEVES: Heather Warfield is the chief financial officer for the restaurant started by her sister Wendy Puckett in 2014.

HEATHER WARFIELD: This is her passion. She loves being here, loves coming in here.

SHALYA REEVES: For almost three years, the business was located off Broadway Avenue, not far from the unrest following George Floyd's death.

I know it's been a lot of change and transition over the last year.

HEATHER WARFIELD: Yep. You know, Broadway and South makes me sad. Our entire block was fine. The block each block to the side of us and in front of us was horrible. To watch, you know, our neighbors go through this, and some of them have not been able to, you know, come back from it. To see these people that have had businesses 20, 30 years, and they can't come back now? So it's tough.

SHALYA REEVES: And Warfield says there's something tougher than this. Tears?

HEATHER WARFIELD: Yes, for sure.

SHALYA REEVES: What hurts you the most?

HEATHER WARFIELD: Someone sent me the video. That was not something I was prepared for. So I would say that's what upsets me the most.

SHALYA REEVES: What is your hope for your community?

HEATHER WARFIELD: [SIGHS] That everyone is just peaceful, and stays safe, and, you know, just hoping that justice is served, and people take the results. And we just have to deal with it either way. We just have to deal with whatever comes.

SHALYA REEVES: Shalya Reeves, WCCO 4 News.

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