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Downtown Chico businesses begin to barricade windows

While many are boarding up their windows like at Campus Bicycle but not every business owner is depending on boards to protect their livelihood.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 10:28 AM

CHICO, Calif. - With protests turning violent across the country, many here at home are concerned for their businesses.

While many are boarding up their windows, like at Campus Bicycle, but not every business owner is depending on boards to protect their livelihood.

"I have a great deal of faith in our community. I think our police chief spoke very eloquently, I think a different town- a different thing, my hope is that people protest as they should but they don't take advantage of this tragedy," said the owner of Diamond W Western Wear, David Halimi.

Others, though, are being proactive when it comes to safeguarding their business.

Budd Schwab, the owner of Campus Bicycle, said his first concern is his employees' safety.

"We moved our valuable bikes out of the window, to the back of the shop and then tied them up and took our money and took it away," said Schwab. "We probably have to do something with our electronics tonight because that's more disruptive than a glass break because we rely on that."

Schwab worked with his landlord, Robert Billson to board his business and he had Billson Construction put five boards up around Campus Bicycle on Monday night.

Billson also put up Tres Hombres and Fleet Feet boards as well.

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