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Downtown shop owners close early

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There is some tension on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver where business owners remember the 1994 riots.  And as a result, some people are closing up shop early.

Many businesses are closing their stores at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. because of the Vancouver Canucks game.  However, one manager of a clothing store on Robson Street says she’s staying open until 9 p.m. and she’s hoping there isn’t any trouble.

“I’m hoping that’s not going to happen.  I’m crossing fingers, I’m praying, but it’s going to be pretty crazy downtown.”  She’s not sure if that’s going to be good or bad for business.

Other shop owners are actually hiring security just in case.  Even Starbucks, which is usually open until midnight, is shutting its doors at 6:30 p.m.

Vancouver Police say they’ll have nearly every member out patrolling the streets, with help from officers from other jurisdictions and Mounties.

The long road home

Kim Seale in the News1130 Air Patrol says there are traffic jams across the Lower Mainland as drivers hit the road to get to home, any local bar, or wherever there is a big screen.

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