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Hugo's in Grand Forks buys Park Rapids, Minn., grocer

Hugo's grocery store

Hugo's Family Marketplace, a Grand Forks-based grocer, said Tuesday that it has purchased J&B Foods in Park Rapids, Minn.

This will bring the number of stores in the Hugo's chain to 10. The company's other Minnesota stores are in East Grand Forks, Crookston and Thief River Falls.

Hugo's President Kristi Magnuson Nelson said in a news release that her company intends to retain all of J&B's management team and employees, making for a seamless transition.

Jeff and Bob Hensel, who started J&B Foods in 1982, said they expected the transition to be completed by the end of the year. The current 53,000-square-foot location opened in 2009.