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Continued: Crowding scuttles plans for Somali mall expansion in south Mpls.

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 21, 2014 - 10:28 AM

“We don’t get them from the Mall of America,” she said.

The site is close to bus routes, but patrons still drive, sometimes staying all day to watch a soccer game. A plan by Eagle Management, the owner, to install a pay booth at a parking lot entrance could change that.

Eagle’s Omar Sabri told commissioners they had already seen the benefits of paid parking at Karmel Mall, another Somali shopping center in south Minneapolis that is owned by Basim Sabri.

But while serving sambusas, a Somali stuffed pastry, at his cafe in the mall, Farhan Osman said that fixing parking and traffic should come first — then the expansion.

“We have to respect the neighborhood, too,” he said.


Maya Rao • 612-673-4210


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  • Halima Ahmed made her way through the Village Market mall in south Minneapolis, where she likes to shop for long dresses.

  • “We don’t get them from the Mall of America,” Halima Ahmed said.Below: A man made his way to his car in the mall’s small lot. The Planning Commission did approve a rezoning plan Monday that would allow for extra parking spaces; meanwhile, the mall’s owners are considering installing a pay booth at the entrance.

  • Farhan Osman waited on his customers at Nogob Coffee Shop inside a Somali mallon the corner of E. 24th Street and 10th Avenue S.

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