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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Closures and openings highlight changing face of small business


October 26, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Sierra Roland stands among what's left of the inventory in Twisted Root Market on Oct. 18. She closed the business after four and a half years on Oct. 25 due to increased costs and problems with getting products.

For about four and a half years, Twisted Root supplied Wrangell residents with organic and natural foods which could be difficult to find in larger grocery stores. That came to an end when the shop closed on Tuesday.

The closure highlights the challenges of owning a small business. While the economic climate has led to some owners taking down their shingle, others have been able to open or expand.

Twisted Root, owned by Sierra Roland, of Moose Pass, on the Kenai Peninsula, was open for almost five years, which is a statistical turning point for most small businesses in the country, accordin...

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