Amin Grocery | Willmar, MN
Abdiweli Yusuf | Owner
Amin Grocery, like its owner, is a busy place. Product and people are all organized into the small grocery store in downtown Willmar, but bigger things are coming. Amin Grocery will be moving to a new, larger space soon. Abdiweli Yusuf, the owner, shows off the space, clean and spacious. And while looking around the walls he pictures it; plenty of storage for the fresh produce and specialty drinks his patrons want.
In the future, even a meat market where custom-order goat and chicken meat cuts may be available. “This is something people really value, it will make a difference for customers,” Yusuf says. “It is important I have a product that is fresh and looks good—one that catches the customer’s eye.” It is to meet this expectation of a fresh product that drives Abdiweli to the cities each week, collecting and bringing back product. He is asked ‘why not bring back a 10-day supply?’ It is because he wants only the freshest in his store. For Abdi, having a fresh product goes beyond the bottom line dollar and this is one of the reasons he is aspiring to get his CDL license.
One day you may find it all at Amin Grocery, meat market and freshly and personally hauled product on the shelves, like the quality dates he currently supplies, all provided by one person at one small business.
This full article was originally published in the Summer 2022 EDC Newsletter. Read the full article here
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