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Kandi Cupboard to close July 30

WILLMAR -- Kandi Cupboard, a food cooperative started nearly 30 years ago to sell bulk, unprocessed and organic foods at reasonable costs, will be closing at the end of July. The decision to close the downtown store was unanimously approved by the board of directors during the co-op's annual meeting this week.

The store had been struggling financially for a number of years and actually had a loss this year, although it was not a huge loss, said store manager Jan Dworshak. She said the six-member board laid out the financial situation and the vote to close before things worsened was approved.

"I was hoping we would get through another year to wait for the economy to turn around, and I really truly think that we could have,'' said Dworshak. "We have the same amount of people coming in but they are just not spending as much.''