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Luqmaan Mohumud has operated Mubarek Grocery in downtown Willmar's Centre Point Mall since 2007. He and about a half-dozen other shop owners -- most of them immigrants from Africa -- received a letter Friday saying the east end of the building had been sold and they had to vacate the premises by Sept. 30. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Several merchants told to vacate downtown Willmar, Minn., mall by Sept. 30


WILLMAR — Since 2007 Luqmaan Mohumud has steadily built up his grocery store and coffee shop in the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar.

Most of his customers are fellow Somalis who live and work in Willmar. With well-stocked shelves and expanded services, Mohumud said his business, Mubarek Grocery, was starting to be profitable for his family.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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