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Angie Wieck, Published February 28 2013

Immigrant friends open Himalayan Grocery in Fargo

FARGO – The area’s newest ethnic grocery store, Himalayan Grocery, opened its doors Feb. 18 at 1000 45th St. S.

The store predominantly caters to immigrants from Nepal and other South Asian countries, but owners hope to expand their merchandise to include some American food as well as traditional foods from European countries such as Bosnia.

While owners Harka Subba, Bhim Timsine, Netra Adhikari and Victor Rai only met a few years ago, their lives have followed a similar path since they were born in the country of Bhutan.

They became refugees of Bhutan as young children and sought asylum in the country of Nepal, where they lived until being resettled in the United States.

Once in Fargo, the men became friends and were inspired to open a grocery store to cater to fellow transplants. Lutheran Social Services says 1,306 Bhutanese immigrants live in North Dakota, with 889 in the Fargo-West Fargo area.

While a good deal of the store’s merchandise is available at other commercial and ethnic grocery stores, the owners feel their advantage is speaking the Nepalese language. They say many older immigrants find shopping difficult because they cannot speak English.

The 2,400-square-foot store is stocked with staples such as rice, peas, beans, chutney, fresh vegetables and a large assortment of spices. Owners also plan to soon provide a selection of meat, including goat.

In addition to food, the store offers a small assortment of religious items, and Nepalese knives and cookware.

Business profile

Himalayan Grocery

•Location: 1000 45th St. S., Fargo

•Phone: (701) 478-8626

•Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501