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Business Beat 7-11

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How did this...the Mouse River flood of 2011...lead to this? The opening of a new Marketplace Foods on North Hill. It did... You may remember during the flood, south Minot and north Minot were essentially separated...and that meant no grocery stores on the north side. Marketplace Foods opened a tent store -- literally. It received a very warm reception.

(Keith Johanneson - Owner) "One of the things that was interesting is that the people who came to shop in a goofy tent were so emotional. They hugged us, they thanked us, they shopped with us...and we never forgot."

From that...the plans for a new location on North Hill were hatched.

(Keith Johanneson - Owner) "We had such an overwhelming response that we started researching it and found it was an opportunity to help the community on North Hill."

Today, those plans became a reality with the ribbon cutting and official opening of the 5th Marketplace Foods in Minot. This location at 16th Street and 21st Ave NW will become a hub of business...and already has. A Shell gas station...Thrifty White Drug Pharmacy...True Value Hardware...all are open now -- and plans call for even more growth...First Western Bank and Insurance and more...

(Keith Johanneson - Owner) "We think we are the catalyst for lots that will start on North Hill. There is a tremendous amount of housing, apartments, a new medical facility, a new pharmacy with Thrifty White Drug and a hardware store so we hope that we can fill a big need."

Today though, it was a celebration -- of new, much needed business on North Hill. With Business Beat, I'm Perry Olson .

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