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Wells Fargo, Purina and Stifel close early as do all branches of St. Louis Library

Wells Fargo, Purina and Stifel close early as do all branches of St. Louis Library

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Updated at 3 p.m. with announcement that all branches of St. Louis Library closing early.

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Several businesses in and near downtown closed early in response to the Jason Stockley verdict. And at the request of city leaders, all branches of the St. Louis Library have shut down as protests are expected to continue throughout the night.

The home office of Wells Fargo Advisors closed at 10 a.m. Friday. The 4,900 employees at the Market Street campus west of downtown were "strongly encouraged to take their laptops home" and continue working there," based on a statement from the company.

Shuttle service for employees to the Metro system will run between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday

"We anticipate being open on Monday, but we always make decisions based on what is right for our team members, clients, and the business,” a spokeswoman said.

The federal courthouse announced earlier this week it would be closed Friday, in anticipation of the verdict. 

Brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel, which is headquartered downtown, also notified about 1,500 employees Friday that they could go home due to the verdict's release.

Nestle Purina PetCare, which has 2,000 employees at its headquarters just south of downtown, closed its office campus at 11 a.m.

US Bank said it was closing six of its downtown St. Louis locations at noon Friday including its branch on Tucker Boulevard.

As well, Busey banking centers, excluding the outlying mortgage offices, and FirsTech are closed for the day, in response to the verdict.

Some downtown businesses are boarding up their windows, including Missouri Bar and Grille on Tucker Boulevard and the Sprint store on Washington Avenue.

Jim Panopoulos, owner of Missouri Bar and Grille said he was putting up the boards "to err on the side of caution."

The four Myrtle Hilliard David health clinics in north St. Louis city are closed until Monday morning. The St. Louis County health department canceled its free flu shot clinics scheduled for Saturday and Sept. 23. And Metro Transit on Friday morning said buses on six downtown bus lines were temporarily re-routed because of the protests. "The situation is fluid" and subject to further changes, Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck said.

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Doug Moore is a former reporter for the P-D. Currently, policy director for St. Louis County Council.

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