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Local Businesses Reach Out To Help Mini-Mart

Electricians to carpenters are coming out to help redesign the store - which saw two armed robberies in just three days last week - to help keep its owners safe.

Local business owners are coming together to support a convenience store that, as recently as last week, said they

A number of local Malden businesses, from electricians to lighting specialists to carpenters, will be helping Malden Mini-Market owner Dharam Jain rearrange the store to increase safety and make the store less of a target for crime.

Changes will include transferring the clerk's desk to the other side of the store so it can be seen from the street and so a cashier can see out the front door, moving the register to minimize access to non-employees, printing up signs advising customers they are on surveillance camera, brighter lights and more.

“I come in here all the time,” Central Printing owner Eric Bonarrigo said, noting his store is just doors away.

He'll be printing free signage for the store.

“They're elderly – they're close to retiring – and people just keep coming in with total disregard to anyone around them...it's worth addressing.”

Father and son Tom and Kevin Kierce will be working to move the store's counter, which should be moved by the end of the week.

“The way (the store is laid out now), he can't see who is coming in,” Kevin observed. “It's just something we can give back to the community. Anytime you can give back a little bit, it helps.”

Jain said he continued to be encouraged by the attention his case has received, and will remain open as long as he can.

He remains skeptical he can continue staffing the convenience store, which he otherwise mans from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

nicole bergin April 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Nice to know, there are still good people in malden!
Jennifer April 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I'm so glad that other local businesses with the knowledge and resources are stepping up to help Mr. Jain. Blessings to Eric, Tom and Kevin for their generosity.
M April 10, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I've never been to this mini market and it's not really convenient to my route. But I will be stopping in for a purchase soon. Hope others do the same!! It's all of our duty to not let Mr. Jain be forced out.
Meggle April 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Nice! It's great to see people coming together to do positive things for other people in the community! It would be awesome if there was a group to help educate local stores on safety and good ways to set up the shops like they're doing here.
Joe April 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Nice to hear some good news. That is great that people are helping people. The first thing that should be done is to remove the many signs and posters in windows and doors that clutter and block the view. I've noticed this in many stores, although I'm sure they're there because they are getting money from Pepsi, Marlboro, etc. for displaying their signs as advertisements. Good luck to the store and owner!
Gilbert April 10, 2012 at 02:47 PM
This is great to see. These people that own and work in these stores have a hard enough life without being victimized all the time. Good for Malden.
Leslie April 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Good to hear some positive news! There are a lot more good people and a lot of good things being done in Malden, it's just that what constitutes "news" covers the small percentage of bad things and bad people. This story evens the scale a bit and gives us a more balanced perspective. 'Hats off' to those who are becoming part of the solution instead of complaining about the problem.
Lisamarie Kilpatrick April 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM
It's nice to see the community coming together to help another out hopefully these changes will help him keep his doors open!!
AnnieOMalden April 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Props to Eric, Tom and Kevin along with many more blessings! Goes to show people helping people is more powerful than the blah, blah, blah from our Council and government.
Chris Caesar April 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
That is awesome M. They have a lot of interesting food you don't see in typical convenience stores.
Chris Caesar April 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Meggle, such a program is actually being pioneered by the Christenson Administration in the aftermath of the incident.
Chris Caesar April 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Good point Joe - I know they are clearing a lot out of the clutter in the window to improve visibility from Main St., too.
Chris Caesar April 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
There's been a hell of a lot of crime since I came back from vacation. Coincidence? B-)
Alethia Barnes April 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It is great to see a sense of community in Malden. United we stand, divided we fall! This is a lesson that we can all learn from.
broadway Jay April 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I find it rather incredulous that this criminal coddling Mayor of ours would sign onto the Mennino/Bloomberg gun initiative which essentially strips away the 2nd amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. This pact makes it easier for a thug/criminal to obtain a gun illegally than it is a law-abiding citizen to obtain one legally. Furthermore the make-up of our State level representation is mostly criminal rights activist lawyers and ambulance chasing attorneys. Would you like to exercise your 2nd amendment right Mr Jain to protect person/property? If so, Malden Mini Mart will be relocating to Texas!! Because of the political correctness and Nanny State we live those thugs that robbed you have more rights than you Mr Jain.. Sorry!!
M Connolly April 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM
i go to this store all the time...they are the nicest people...his wife always tells me how much she misses seeing me when I don't go in for a while...Kudos to all who helped..would hate to see this store closed...maybe I should see if I can work a few hours a night for them and help them out...something to think about...maybe just go in for a few hours with the owners to help man the store for a while...safety in numbers so they say
Meggle April 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
That's great to hear :)
whatsup April 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This is very nice. People helping each other and their neighbors is important in building a strong and vibrant neighborhood. If this is being pioneered by the Christenson Administration that would be a good sign of the good things to come to our city.
L Andreucci April 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I hope that the local news channels that were quick to point out the robberies and the possibility of the store closing will do a follow up to show local citizens helping each other. This makes me proud to be a citizen of Malden!
Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I did see a small bit on Channel 7 this morning. I hope they follow up once the renovations are complete.

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