Sarah McKenzie

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New convenience store opens near Caf/ Brenda

1st Avenue Market, a new Downtown convenience store, has opened next to Caf/ Brenda at 300 1st Ave. N.

The store features snack foods, sodas, cigars, magazines and newspapers.

Standing behind the cash register at his new store, Gamel Hamed said his true passion is cooking. He grew up in Egypt and moved to New York City at 19 and then to Minnesota in 1990.

Hamed, who mans the store 7 a.m.-midnight five days a week and Saturday evenings, said he also plans to open a pizza shop called Time Square in coming weeks.

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