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Mandan's Central Market Closes

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What has been a bustling place at the end of main street in Mandan is now sitting pretty lonely.

The Central Market grocery store liquidated it's merchandise and closed it's doors this week.

"Public wants another grocery store. They really do. For that downtown Mandan area. That was a key spot for our citizens," says Mandan Mayor Aryln Van Beek.

It was a surprise to many but an action that followed a major announcement last week...

Dan's Supermarket is purchasing Central Market in Bismarck.

This store was not part of the deal and Central Market decided to shut it down.

But Mandan Mayor Aryln Van Beek says there's enough business in town to support two grocery stores and the Super Walmart.

He says, "with growth we are seeing and expect to see in next few years. I don't think there will be any problem supporting two grocery stores and a Super Walmart."

Van Beek says the city is ready to entice anyone interested in opening a grocery store in the spot.

"They are privately owned business but there are tax incentive programs, storefront improvement renaissance zone projects there are things we can do help a grocery store come into the city of Mandan," says Van Beek.

In the meantime, Van Beek says the loss will hurt the west end of main street and the businesses around it.

He says the grocery store did more than just sell groceries.

"It was a little coffee shop for a lot of seniors who live in that area, walk there, gathering place to socialize. Staple to Mandan for many years. Hope we can get it open again," added Van Beek.

The building is owned by local man.

He has owned the building from the start when it opened as Bill's Super Value in 1989.

Central Market in Mandan had 70 employees.

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