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Five Kobe shop owners have opened a supermarket in a brand-new two-story building in Nagata Ward, replacing a temporary market they set up only four months after the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

The five are among the 22 shop owners who used to operate within Sugahara Ichiba, a local market dating back to 1920 that was razed by a blaze triggered by the quake. Many of the former shop owners have since given up their businesses due to old age.

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