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Business owners react to Cannon arrest

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
No Grease Owner Damien Johnson says former Mayor Cannon's arrest has been the talk of the barber shop for the past couple of days, many with the same reaction.

"The first reaction was disbelief. The second reaction was where do we go next," said Johnson.

Shop manager Omar Lanier says the timing of Cannon's arrest and resignation is what surprised him, seeing that cannon was only in office for months.

"Everybody was shocked because he just got voted in," said Lanier.

The barbershop opened a year ago on West Trade in hopes of a streetcar project and a Gold Lynx line expansion would bring more customers to the area..
 

The city never received federal funding for the streetcar project and former Mayor Cannon made that one of his top priorities while in office.

Now with Cannon no longer as Mayor, Johnson still feels optimistic the project will get done.

"I have very little worries. I think the City of Charlotte has great leadership. I think the people of Charlotte know how to make a way out of no way, so no worries here," said Johnson.

Others hope one of the biggest scandals to rock Charlotte can bring residents together and strengthen the city as a whole.

"Hopefully the whole community can just bond together, learn from it and be better from it," said Lanier.

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