Ferguson, MO (KTRS) Ferguson continues to rebound after the civil unrest with the opening of another new business.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning for the grand opening of a new AT&T retail store along the West Florissant corridor. This is adjacent to a new Starbucks, which opened in late April.
Mayor James Knowles says he was always confident that Ferguson would recover. “ I knew that once we were able to get past the unrest, we’d see days like this and I think there’s many more ahead.”
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says he attributes the recovery of Ferguson to a united effort among the public and private sector.
“This company has confidence in Ferguson that they are desiring to make this investment.” said Stenger.
Stenger added, “It speaks to is just how far we’ve come and it’s a world of difference.”
John Sondag, President of AT&T Missouri, says the civil unrest in Ferguson, especially along the West Florissant corridor didn’t deter the company from investing in the community.
“We knew what a good environment it was and we knew it was just an isolated incident that really wasn’t a reflection on the community itself.” said Sondag.
The new AT&T store has 18 employees, all from Ferguson and surrounding north county communities.
In addition to commercial development, a new 29 unit loft complex along the South Florissant Road corridor is underway. That project is expected to be completed next year.