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Community Finally Getting a Grocery Store

Mabel hasn't had a grocery store for the past 6 years

Posted: Oct. 19, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2018 6:47 PM

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not having a grocery store in your town for the last 6 years... that's been the reality for one minnesota community. on scene kimt news 3's annalise johnson was in mabel today to learn about why people won't have to wait much longer. the people of mabel have been without a grocery store since 2012 but pretty soon when this door behind me opens á that's going to change. "they'll see the cashier desk right here á there should be produce bins in this area." lewiston native bryce lange is hoping to open "lange's grocers" by thanksgiving á filling mabel's absence of options to buy food. "i just decided there's a need and there's obviously a demand for it so i thought i'd just try it out." as you can see here á the grocery store is under renovations but lange eventually hopes to employ local people and sell local products. "grocery stores are vital to local economies and just local society in general. its almost like a church outside of church. you know you walk down an aisle and you see a friend." mabel's mayor jim westby tells me the city has worked for years to bring a chain grocery or convenience store to the town... but they've always been turned down. "option wise there hasn't been much out there because the big people don't even want to look at you unless you're a population of 5000 to 10000 and we just don't have it here and we're a small community and we're just trying to survive." the closest grocery store to mabel is just over 7 miles away in spring grove... but soon enough á the residents will be able to head downtown. "being without a grocery store for as long as we have been á i think they're gonna support this thing because they don't wanna be in the same dilemma we were a few years ago when it just locked right up and left us high and dry." and right next door to the grocery store á lange is hoping to rent out this half of the building to another local business. in mabel annalise johnson kimt news 3. the grocery store is also considering a delivery service.
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