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Asian supermarket

An Asian supermarket, sometimes called an "Oriental supermarket", is a grocery store in non-Asian countries that stock items imported from the many countries in East and Southeast Asia. They carry items and ingredients generally well-suited for Asian cuisines and not found in most western supermarkets.

Operation

Most of these supermarkets are often started and operated by Asian immigrant entrepreneurs and their families. Others are started by investors of existing corporate conglomerates already headquartered in Asia, namely Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and most specially the Philippines.

Asian supermarkets can range from small mom-and-pop grocery stores to large big-box stores and may cater specifically to one ethnic Asian immigrant group or to a wide pan-Asian crowd. They serve the generally unserved or underserved immigrant and descendant population. They are usually the main attraction for food shopping within overseas Asian shopping malls and Chinatowns. Asian supermarkets may re-occupy older buildings formerly anchored by mainstream regional or national supermarket chains. Chinese shopping centers and supermarkets have been constructed using traditional Chinese architecture, and provide services catered toward immigrant customers. Examples include Asian restaurants, beauty salons, bakeries, foreign film rental stores, travel agencies, book stores, and other businesses.

In recent years, some mainstream markets have attempted to compete with Asian supermarkets for the minority customer base by stocking certain "Asian" goods as well as directing marketing towards various Asian ethnic immigrant populations. Conversely, some Asian supermarkets attempt to appeal to the general population. Asian markets are reputed to have lower prices than the mainstream chains.

Asian supermarkets represent a new trend in which Asian immigrants no longer settle in old enclaves such as Chinatown, San Francisco, (undoubtedly still the largest in the U.S.), but in suburbs where shopping centers provide services as well as cultural amenities such as hosting ethnic festivals, shows and dance. One of the major redevelopments highlighted in the press has been Buford Highway in the Atlanta suburb of Doraville, Georgia, where Asian supermarkets have done brisk business in a once-blighted neighborhood. Such supermarkets have also revitalized the once-rundown sections of Bellaire Boulevard in Houston, Texas, and turned it into a thriving new Asian shopping district. There are also many competing Chinese supermarkets in the Southern California Chinatowns and Vietnamese markets anchoring communities such as Little Saigon

Asian branded products

Category Examples
Vegetable laver (gim/nori), bamboo shoots, bok choy, bean sprouts, welsh onions, ginger, kang kong, mustard greens
Grain jasmine rice
Beverage related soy milk, chrysanthemum tea, sake
Seasoning chili, soy sauce
Ingredients black bean, century eggs, ginseng
Packaged snacks prawn crackers, Pocky, rice cakes, tobi nuts
Merchandise rice cookers, woks, fashion magazines, newspapers, cigarettes
Bakery pastry
Seafood fish, clams, crabs, lobsters, oysters
Delicacies sea cucumber, shark fin, abalones

International brands

Produced in Brand
China Haw flakes
Hong Kong Lee Kum Kee, Vitasoy , Bamboo Garden
Japan Calbee, Calpis, Glico, Kikkoman, Meiji, Lotte, Shirakiku
Korea Crown, Orion, Haitai, Lotte
Malaysia Julies, Ayam Brand, Brahims
Philippines Barrio Fiesta, Goldilocks, TOBI Nuts
Taiwan Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, Wei Chuan, I-Mei, Chin Chin, Ve Wong

Supermarkets by region

North America

Name Locations Description
99 Ranch Market California: Richmond, Milpitas, Fremont, Los Angeles and Orange County, San Jose, San Diego
Arizona
Nevada
Washington
Georgia: Doraville
Pan-Asian, mostly Taiwanese and Chinese
Ai Hoa Supermarket California: LA Chinatown Chinese, Vietnamese
American Pinoy New Jersey Filipino
Asahi Imports Texas: Austin Japanese
Asia Supermarket Illinois: Chicago
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
New Jersey: Atlantic City
Pan-Asian, Chinese
Asian Food Markets New Jersey: Cherry Hill, Edison, Middletown, North Plainfield, Plainsboro
New York: Staten Island
Chinese
Assi Market Pennsylvania: North Wales
Georgia: Suwanee
Illinois: Niles
California: LA Koreatown
New York: Flushing
Korean, chain
California Market California: LA Koreatown Korean
Daido Texas: Houston
Georgia: Chamblee
New Jersey: Fort Lee
New York: Flushing, White Plains
Japanese
Fish & Oriental Spices Florida: Kissimmee Filipino
De Guzman Oriental Florida: Orlando Filipino
Diho Supermarket Texas: Houston Chinese, chain at Bellaire Blvd
Freshia market California: Torrance With restaurants, bank, and other retail stores
Fubonn Oregon: Portland Vietnamese and Chinese
Galleria Supermarket Ontario: Markham Korean
Grand Mart Washington, D.C Korean
Great Wall New York: Queens, Brooklyn
Massachusetts: Boston
New Jersey: Franklin Park
Virginia: Fairfax
Chinese
Hai Thanh California: San Jose Vietnamese and Chinese
Han Ah Reum/H-Mart British Columbia: Vancouver
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
New York: New York City, Woodside
Georgia: Duluth, Johns Creek, Riverdale, Suwanee, Doraville
Washington D.C
California: Diamond Bar
Washington: Seattle
Illinois: Niles, Naperville
Oregon: Tigard
Korean, chain
H.K. Super Market California: Koreatown, Glendale, Garden Grove, Cerritos, Sunnyvale Korean, chain
Hannam Chain Southern California Korean, chain
Hong Kong Supermarket East Coast
Southern California
Chinese
Hong Kong Supermarket Texas: Houston Vietnamese
Island Pacific Supermarket California Filipino, chain
Kam Man Food New York
Massachusetts
New Jersey: Edison
New Jersey: East Hanover
Koreatown Galleria California: Koreatown Korean
Koreatown Plaza California: Koreatown Korean
Lotte Pan-Asian, Korean
Lion Supermarket California: San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, Newark Pan-Asian, mainly Chinese
Marina Grocery California: Cupertino, San Jose, Union City Chinese
Marukai Southern California, Hawaii, San Jose Japanese, retails of Waraku furniture and Daiso merchandise
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Mitsuwa Chicago California: Costa Mesa San Jose
Illinois: Chicago
New Jersey: Edgewater
Nijiya Market California Japanese, chain
Osaka Supermarket British Columbia: Vancouver Japanese
Pacific Supermarket California: Daly City, San Francisco, South San Francisco
Hawaii: Waipahu
Pan-Asian and Western supermarket chain
Palama Supermarket Honolulu, Hawaii: Waikiki, Kalihi Korean
PinoyGrocery.com Katy, Texas Filipino
Phil Am Food Mart New York (Queens/Staten Island) and New Jersey (Jersey City) Filipino, chain
Seafood City California: Chula Vista, National City, Mira Mesa, Carson, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Vallejo, Cerritos
Nevada: Las Vegas
Filipino, chain
Shun Fat Supermarket California:San Gabriel, Alhambra Chinese
Super 88 Massachusetts: Boston Chinese, chain
Super Cao Nguyen Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
OK Ko-Mart Oriental Market Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
T & T Supermarket British Columbia: Vancouver
Alberta: Calgary and Edmonton
Ontario: Toronto, Markham, Thornhill, Mississauga
Taiwanese and Chinese
Uwajimaya Washington: Seattle, Bellevue
Oregon: Beaverton
Japanese
Vien Dong III Southern California Vietnamese Chinese
Viet Hoa Texas: Houston
Viet Wah Washington]]: Seattle Vietanamese and Chinese foods
Yaohan British Columbia: Vancouver Japanese, later bought out by Mitsuwa

Oceanian

Name Locations Description
Tai Ping Trading Auckland, New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Happy Super Market Auckland, New Zealand
NewSave Auckland, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
NewSave Website
Lim Garden Supermarket Centre Auckland, New Zealand
New Mart Auckland, New Zealand
Silver Bell Auckland, New Zealand
Soung Yueen & Co Ltd Auckland, New Zealand
Orient Trading Wellington, New Zealand
Burlingtons Sydney and Brisbane, Australia

European

Name Locations Description
Paristore France: Paris
Tang Frères France
Wai Yee Hong Chinese Supermarket United Kingdom Wai Yee Hong is a Chinese cash & carry and supermarket based in Bristol, UK.
Wing Yip United Kingdom Chinese Supermarket
Oriental Food Store Ireland: Limerick
Global Foods Ireland: Limerick
Tain Kim Heng Deutschland: Oberhausen, Dortmund
Wah Nam Hong The Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague

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