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Smoke shop opens in Red Wing

Moe Wazwaz stands inside his new smoke shop at 107 Tyler Road S. -- photo by Jon Swedien/Republican Eagle

While taking a drive down Highway 61 late last summer, Moe Wazwaz drove through Red Wing and noticed there was a vacant spot in the strip mall on Tyler Road South.

Wazwaz, a Brooklyn Park, Minn., native said he thought the spot would be a great place to open a tobacco store.

"This place needs a smoke shop," he said to himself at the time.

Last week, some six months after that drive, Wazwaz opened RW Smoke Shop at 107 Tyler Road S.

He said he's been working in the business for a couple years. Wazwaz said RW Smoke Shop offers a wide variety of tobacco products at state minimum prices.

"We don't make a penny more," Wazwaz said making his pitch. "I know smoking is bad, but why should people spend more of their hard earned cash?"

Wazwaz said it's nice being in Red Wing, and that he spent some time in town as a child.

The shop is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.