After nearly a decade of steady expansion, the first grocery store in Chinatown is set to open its doors to the public this summer.
The 7-storey, five-storeys, five condo development is located on the site of the historic and now-closed Chinatown grocery, located in the heart of Chinatown.
“It’s really a historic piece of property, and we want to make sure that it stays that way,” said Eric Wong, general manager of the Chinese grocery chain, which was established in 1998.
The first store in the new location is set for opening this summer and Wong said it will be a destination store for both the city and the Chinatown community.
“We want to provide the Chinatown communities a great shopping experience, and that’s why we wanted to bring that first store to Chinatown,” Wong said.
“There’s no doubt it’s going to be a wonderful experience for our community.”
The Chinatown grocery chain opened its doors in 1998, just two years after the city created the Chinatown Neighborhood Improvement District.
The building, built in 1900, was once home to a Chinese restaurant and grocery store and is currently used by the Chinatown grocery.
The new store will be located in Chinatown, but Wong said the chain will expand to other parts of Chinatown and beyond.
“Chinatown is really going to become a major destination in the future, so we really want to build on that,” he said.
Chinamen will also get a chance to enjoy Chinatown’s famous Chinatown street food, with the first batch of food trucks set to debut this fall.
“They’re going to have a lot of fun, and I think we’ll have an excellent time, especially with all the different ethnicities coming in,” Wong explained.