Karibu’s Grand Opening

Congratulations to Karibu Grocery & Deli, one of CRF’s customers, who held their grand opening on Friday, May 3rd! It was an afternoon of inspiration and delicious food.


Attendees heard from Mayor Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Councilmember Jane Prince, Mohamed Ali – owner of Karibu, and many others.

About Karibu

“Karibu” means “welcome” in Swahili, which is exactly the experience the Ali brothers wanted to create when they set out to transform an old gas station in St. Paul, MN into a vibrant neighborhood grocery store and deli that serves Somali food.

The Ali’s determination to find financing to fund their dream lead them to the ADC who in turn connected them with CRF. The full start-up funding package was a collaborative effort between ADC, CRF, the City of St. Paul and more.

Congratulations to the Ali family on their successful grand opening!

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