Leading Asian supermarket chain HMart late last month celebrated a grand opening of a replacement store in Little Ferry, N.J.
The Lyndhurst, N.J.-based retailer, known as the Hanahreum Group (the name is a translation of Han ah reum, or in Korean, “arm full of groceries”) is the chain’s 70th U.S. store. The company also runs units in Canada and U.K., bringing its total fleet to 97 stores.
The following photographs, courtesy of the retailer, provide a look inside.
Shoppers lined along the length of the building at 260 Bergen Turnpuike in Little Ferry, a community of about 10,000 residents in populous and diverse Bergen County.
Hmart closed a small unit in a nearby shopping center over the summer as it prepared the new store. The new store occupies a 43,000-square-foot former site of a Value Fair department store that was since used as a flea market.
“It really took the effort from a lot of people and a lot of love from the local neighborhood to get this store open,” Brian Kwon, president of HMart, said at an opening celebration on Dec. 23, according to a local report. “There hasn't been a lot to celebrate this year. But I'm hoping we can end this year with the celebration of this beautiful store.”
Hmart was founded in Queens, N.Y., as a corner store in 1982. Today the chain is known as an international retailer with an Asian emphasis and presentation in fresh foods, and it is popular with a local-but-global audience demanding authentic imported foods and those that just like to eat them.