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Cup Foods, site where George Floyd was killed, reopens in south Minneapolis


August 4, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Cup Foods worker Billy Abumayyaleh, right, brother to owner Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, was confronted by an activist on Monday, Aug. 3. He was trying to clear the garbage cans placed in front of his store by activists to block shoppers from entering.

Cup Foods, the south Minneapolis convenience store whose 911 call led to the fatal encounter between George Floyd and Minneapolis police, reopened Monday, instantly challenging those who want the corner to remain a memorial to victims of police violence.

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the store at the intersection of 38th and Chicago on Monday afternoon demanding it remain closed. The standoff was tense, with what sounded like gunfire nearby as opponents confronted people who showed up in defense of the store.

Jamar Nelson, a spokesman for the family that owns Cup Foods, said "it was absolutely time to open up" and that the store would stay open regardless of protests.


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