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Wright Avenue store can reopen, but with a different manager

The showdown between Wright Avenue neighbors and the owner of the Wright Avenue Super Store ended in court Thursday.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The showdown between Wright Avenue neighbors and the owner of the Wright Avenue Super Store ended in court Thursday.

"If you're imaged that you're not in a safe neighborhood, it depreciates the property value," said Annie Abrams, a member of the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Association.

Wright avenue neighbors like Annie Abrams say the Super Store attracted the wrong crowds. Shootings and rumored drug activity made them all uneasy.

"When I moved there in 1968, it was a place of dignity. It was a place of high value," said Abrams.

After the murder of an Arkansas Baptist College student in June, a Pulaski County judge forced owner Wael Karakra to lock it up. On Thursday morning, both sides agreed to re-open but Karakra must get another person to run it.

"He does not want that to be going on in the neighborhood. He's a law-abiding citizen. He wants to help the police when he can," said Karakra's attorney Brannon Sloan. 

Neighbors plan to talk to the owner about what they'd like to see at that location.

"You need a marketplace where you can get basic healthy foods. You want a place where you can buy basic needs," said Abrams.

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