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A Nubian Notion to Close Doors

A Nubian Notion to Close Doors
BY YAWU MILLER

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For generations of Roxbury residents, A Nubian Notion’s flagship Dudley Square store has been a constant presence. Next year, however, the Abdal-Khallaq family will bring an end to the store’s nearly-50 year reign as an anchor tenant in Roxbury’s commercial hub.

With the ten children of the business’ late founder Malik Abdal-Khalaq all at retirement age and their progeny working in other professions, the family has decided to scale back its operation.

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“We’re all aged out,” said Sharif Abdal-Khallaq, who serves as board chairman. “The work that a convenience store requires is beyond our capabilities. We’re leaving this location that we’ve been in since 1968.”

The store and the name began when Houston-born Malik Abdal Khallaq opened a barber shop at the corner of Humboldt Avenue and Munroe Street, selling imports from Egypt and Sudan — silver jewelry, incense, African-themed arts and crafts.

“We’re all aged out,” said Sharif Abdal-Khallaq, who serves as board chairman. “The work that a convenience store requires is beyond our capabilities. We’re leaving this location that we’ve been in since 1968.” The store and the name began when Houston-born Malik Abdal Khallaq opened a barber shop at the corner of Humboldt Avenue and Munroe Street, selling imports from Egypt and Sudan — silver jewelry, incense, African-themed arts and crafts.”

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