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Hmong, Somali and Latino malls in Twin Cities devastated by economic effects of pandemic


Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Sabrina Seyf, owner of Sabrina's Bridal, worked with a bride-to-be in her store at Karmel Mall in Minneapolis.

Xue Lor has always relied on foot traffic to bring business to his electronics repair shop, Lor Imports, in Hmong Village in St. Paul.

Yet that slowed when nearby food vendors closed during the state-ordered shutdown. Even after businesses in the village started to reopen, Lor saw the clothing shop across from him struggle. The Hmong International Freedom Festival was canceled amid COVID-19 fears and elaborate dresses for the occasion went unsold.

The owner posted a "for sale" sign. Lor wondered if he'd have to follow suit.


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