FREMONT — Just a handful of months after Sprouts Farmers Industry closed at a big Fremont purchasing heart, a Korean grocery retail outlet is preparing to open up in the same area, in accordance to the enterprise.
Mega Mart, a Seoul-centered grocer, is established to open up what will become its 3rd U.S. store, in central Fremont at 3900 Mowry Ave., company officers said.
The first U.S. location for the chain was opened in 2009 in Duluth, Ga, just outside of Atlanta. The Mega Mart corporation also opened a retail store below a diverse name, The K Market place, in Sunnyvale final 12 months, in accordance to Bumsuck Ha, the chain’s head of U.S. operations.
Ha mentioned the Fremont store’s grand opening date is currently established for Sept. 23, but the store could possibly have a smooth opening faster. All over that time, the Sunnyvale store’s title will transform to Mega Mart also, Ha claimed. The place is believed to be 27,000 sq. toes, in accordance to previous reports. In advance of the website was occupied by Sprouts, it was the house of Barnes & Noble Booksellers for numerous decades.
Mega Mart may possibly very likely be only the next Korean current market or grocery retailer in Fremont. Nearby in the identical Mowry Plaza shopping center is Manna Oriental Current market, a Korean market giving well prepared meals, snacks and residence items.
Even though Fremont has a varied populace, with approximately 60 per cent of its residents determining as getting some Asian ancestry, only a smaller proportion of people discover as becoming of Korean descent, in accordance to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Ha explained the new retail outlet will carry specialty Korean items, but will be “for all people,” and he expects consumers to arrive from Oakland, San Jose and other regions in concerning to shop at Mega Mart.
The retail store will attribute a gluten-absolutely free bakery, as perfectly as an Asian deli counter, serving new and prepared foods, which include the well known Korean marinated beef dish known as bulgogi, noodle dishes and sushi, Ha reported. The retail outlet will also have a refreshing fish counter.
Ha said mainly because the chain has a a lot lengthier historical past and much more suppliers in Korea, its buyers can discover unique solutions for the U.S. industry, such as Korean snacks and sweets, frozen vegan food items selections and crimson ginseng products and solutions.
“We are importing that right from Korea,” he claimed in an interview Tuesday. “You just can’t find some of these points everywhere else.”
The Mega Mart brand name and subsidiaries are owned by father or mother corporation Nongshim, a food and drink maker and wholesaler that generates numerous preferred prompt noodle dishes. The firm has a lot more than 15 stores, a shopping mall and other enterprises in Korea.
Ha mentioned the Fremont retailer expects to use about 60 people for complete or part-time positions. The business is eyeing possible future places in Daly City, or someplace else near to San Francisco, he stated.
Yang Shao, a Fremont town council member, reported he hadn’t still heard of the new retail outlet, but explained he is satisfied to see a new shopping selection filling in the room left by Sprouts.
“Overall it is excellent information,” Shao reported. He’s also hunting forward to making an attempt some of the well prepared food items from the deli counter, he said.
“I’m energized. I’m going to inform my spouse.”