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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Tobacco Depot owner Phil Hamda helps a customer on Thursday at his shop in Alexander.

FOTB: Smoke shop angles for return customers

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ALEXANDER — New Yorker Phil Hamda came to North Dakota to scout for real estate opportunities, but his plans changed after paying nearly $8 for a pack of cigarettes in Williston.

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Hamda, whose father owned tobacco shops in New York City, noticed that tobacco prices in the Bakken varied widely.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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