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At Mideastern Stores, 9/11 Still Hurting


Fady Daw counts his store, Cedar Valley in Columbia Heights, as a victim of the Sept. 11 attacks. It has suffered a slow and ambiguous decline, not the explosive ending generally associated with a terrorist strike.

The loss, nevertheless, is real. Sales have dropped by about one third since the attacks, and Daw said he sold the supermarket on Monday, to buyers who plan to shift the emphasis from Middle Eastern food to Mediterranean with a French and Italian flair...

The ethnic business owners say they have also suffered from other, more subtle factors that are difficult to quantify. They say customers seem to be shunning businesses associated with regions where the United States is fighting terrorism...

 

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