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Continued: Identity crisis: Brooklyn Park hires PR firm to improve its reputation

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 8, 2014 - 5:38 AM

Hak M. Lao opened Asian Pacific Oriental Foods in Brooklyn Park in 1998, moving his business from Minneapolis. He said he simply “followed the market.” Lao opened his second store, Golden Lion Supermarket, about five years later. His daughter, Jessica McKeever, is a manager there and also is a Brooklyn Park resident.

McKeever, 26, said she is constantly defending the city as friends quiz her why she lives there. But to her, the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives: affordable housing, quiet neighborhoods, close to downtown Minneapolis and a good climate for small businesses.

“The city is doing a lot to involve the community and change it for the better,” Mc­Keever said. “Once people come out here their minds would definitely change.”


Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804


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