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Published September 24, 2012, 06:02 PM

Sunmart robbery affecting nearby business

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People who work near Sunmart, now fear for their safety and their financial futures.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People who work near Sunmart, now fear for their safety and their financial futures.

An employee at Northstar Coffee in Sunmart's parking lot says she's scared to come to work.

Although the armed robbery happened inside of Sunmart Foods, it has impacted business in the entire area.

You can see there are several located less than a block away, or for Northstar Coffee, not even out of the grocery store's parking lot.

Kristen Flowers and her Northstar Coffee have been a common stop for commuters for three years, but today one customer brought her news she never expected to hear.

Kristen Flowers, Northstar Coffee: “A little bit scared. I was shocked.”

Just after coming into work she learned of the armed robbery at Sunmart, located in the same lot she spends most of her early mornings.

Flowers: “It's a little bit nerve-racking, you know, being a young female and working here alone usually.”

And she says besides being extra nervous, she's worried coffee goers may stop someplace else.

Flowers: “They have been a little bit slower since our rush. You know, the rush was still busy. There were a few people I usually see every day that I didn't see today.”

But the thought of an armed suspect still on the loose, is the worst part.

Flowers: “I definitely hope they catch him so they don't come around here anymore.”

Northstar Coffee does close at 2 p.m., so Kristen says the only thing giving her peace of mind is that she can avoid those late night shifts, when most robberies seem to happen.

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