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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

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Our Mission

Hmong Village's mission is to build our company to be the main shopping center for the Hmong community in the Twin Cities. In order to accomplish our mission, we are dedicated to providing unmatched goods and professional services with the vision to become a major player and to dominate the office and shopping mall rental businesses in the Hmong community.

Mr. Yong Yia Vang, who is one of the co-owners, gives a speech during the opening of Hmong Village in October 2010. Source: Asian American Press

Our Brief History

 

Hmong Village opened on October 2010. This business idea came true from a handful of Hmong investors who wanted to see the community thrive economically. Instead of taking a business loan, they pooled personal savings and borrowed money from relatives to create the initial fund to acquire the facility. 

"Hmong Village is the creation of nine local Hmong entrepreneurs, who in 2009 had a bold plan in a lousy economy. They dreamed of opening a multimillion-dollar shopping destination in St. Paul so large it could house 250 Hmong businesses." (Pioneer Press, 2012)

“I’ve been around a lot of folks who’ve been dreamers, but they always want to do it with somebody else’s money. But in this case, they did it all with their own dime. From that perspective, I really admire their courage for stepping out and doing this. It’s a great endeavor,” stated Dan Bostrom, St. Paul city council member (Pioneer Press, 2012).

They turned the building, which was once office spaces for the St. Paul Public School district, into an indoor marketplace for communities to come eat, shop and enjoy ethnic foods, fresh vegetables, buy retail products and merchandises.

"It took nearly $3.2 million to transform the machine shop building to its present state, and initially banks were not forthcoming with loans because, he said, the Hmong didn’t have a history of owning shopping centers before. Because of Hmong Village’s success, banks now come to ... the investors, wishing to accommodate further remodeling and growth of the market." (NDC, 2014)

 

Some key goals are to offer one-stop-shop for customers; generate economic boost; create jobs and meeting space; offer goods and services; and be an establishment for the community to come learn about the Hmong and other Southeast Asian cultures.

“People can come here and establish a family-owned business. This kind of market is good for this time in the economy,” stated Chia Xa Vang, one of Hmong Village co-owners. (Pioneer Press, 2010)

Since we opened, our vendors had outgrown beyond our expectations.

"Hmong Village, which opened last October in east Saint Paul, has generated about 600 jobs for the community and created a haven of pride for the southeast Asian immigrant community, which numbers in the tens of thousands here in the Twin Cities." (The Uptake, 2011) 

"Within a matter of a few weeks, the transformed former warehouse for St. Paul Public Schools had 100 percent occupancy and has maintained that rate through the first year. This means there are currently 320 retailers, restaurateurs and services operators doing business from Hmong Village. At least 300 of them could be called new entrepreneurs with start up companies, owners of the shopping center said at a recent luncheon meeting. What’s more, there is a list of prospective entrepreneurs waiting for space to become available.

"Yong Yia Vang, president of the parent shopping center company, said some retail stalls and businesses have changed hands during the first year. Reflecting farm and food industry trends, the number of fresh produce vendors in the centralized produce marketplace declined from 31 sellers to 15, with the remaining vendors taking over more space and expanding the variety and quantity of products they sell.

"But also reflecting the diversification of business and services from Minnesota immigrants and refugees, other Hmong Village tenants include 241 general merchandise retailers, 42 offices for professional and other services, 17 restaurants, and three separate sellers of pre-packaged food products." (Minnesota 2020)

On weekends and holidays, hundreds of Hmong, Laotian, Karen, Somalia, and residents of Eastside St. Paul come to Hmong Village to meet their friends, eat ethnic foods, buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other specialty herbs and merchandises. Additionally, Hmong community and businesses continue to use our conference rooms at the shopping center for special event and meeting. (Source: Hmong Village and Hmong Times)

Before
After

In 2011, Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

 

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

 

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

  

Ramsey County has recognized Hmong Village on St. Paul’s East Side for its work to recycle and reduce food waste. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section has worked with Hmong Village’s owners and businesses to set up a successful recycling program that has collected more than 1,100 barrels of food waste for use at a local hog farm.

 

Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough presented a recognition award to Hmong Village’s developers for their support of recycling efforts on Monday, April 4.

 

Hmong Village, 1001 Johnson Parkway, is a multi-use development that opened last year in a building formerly operated by the Saint Paul Schools. The development has more than 200 merchant stalls, 40 offices, 35 produce booths and 17 restaurants. Ramsey County’s Environmental Health Section partnered with Hmong Village’s owners to help set up, and provide training, for businesses to collect food waste, and other recyclables.

(Source and above photo courtesy Ramsey County)