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Continued: Midtown Global Market edges toward independence

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2014 - 9:22 AM

“The only thing that we knew ourselves was just how to cook,” said co-owner Conrado Paredes. “We never had a business before. So there is a lot of stuff that you never think about.”

Azzahir said focusing on small businesses has been harder, but worth it.

“Rather than give over to a large business that wasn’t local, we stayed the course with the small businesses, with businesses that represented their cultural communities, with new people to the country,” Azzahir said.


Eric Roper • 612-673-1732

Twitter: @StribRoper


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  • Following its acceptance of a $1.6 million debt-forgiveness grant, the Midtown Global Market, whose future was in question six months ago, has reported all-time high occupancy and visitor numbers.

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