FERGUSON ( KTVI ) - The recent events in Ferguson struck a chord close to many Ferguson residents and businesses there, but the owner of Paul's Market says he will not give up on the community. The market's owner is calling on others to help rebuild.
Paul's Market has been in Ferguson for 54 years . In fact, owner Gary Crump, has been working there since he was nine years old. " I'm personally, financially, emotionally and spiritually invested to this area. This has been my life and my life's work , "said Crump.
Crump wants to lead by example and he's calling on local contractors and suppliers to help local business in Ferguson rebuild . "I could just say no, I could leave and go like that and keep on and milking the thing . Then leave the area . No flight here ," says Crump.
Paul's Market is planning to invest thousands of dollars back into the business next year. Crump says he hopes to change the current image of Ferguson.
Paul's Market will renovate the Market and replace the 37- year old meat display case. It will cost about $50 ,000 just to replace the case alone, however Crump says it well worth the investment .
Faithful customers say Paul's Market is a staple in community and they hope the owner will continue to breathe new life into the city of Ferguson . "This is home to everyone .I think we all come here , visit and they make you feel at home. I hope this stays forever . We love Paul's Market, said Shery Powers.
Customer Virgina Wilson says " The Market shows that they believe the healing process and everyone we will survive and get through this." Gary Crump says he hopes other businesses in Ferguson will follow in his footsteps and help the city continue to heal and move forward.