New H Mart Brings “One Arm Full of Groceries” to Lakewood
Grand Opening on March 14 includes Korean Festivities and Sweepstakes Prizes
H Mart , an Asian-inspired supermarket, will be opening a new 43,000 square foot store in Lakewood, Wash. 7,000 people are expected to attend when the store opens to shoppers at 11:30 a.m. on March 14. The festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting, followed by an open house in which community members can tour the store, sample products, and enter an on-site sweepstakes.
The new H Mart is located at 8720 South Tacoma Way and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Located in Lakewood’s International District, an ever-growing cultural destination, H Mart will serve the area’s well established Asian population and the greater metro area.
H Mart is short for “Han Ah Reum,” meaning “one arm full” in Korean. With the full selection of signature grocery items, according to H Mart Northwest Region President Jay Song, shoppers can expect to leave with full arms. The store will have a pharmacy, deli, Korean bakery, meat department, fish department and expansive produce offerings.
Approximately 40 percent of the items are Korean with the remaining percentage categorized as American or other international foods. For example, H Mart carries eight types of cucumbers ranging from British, Chinese to Korean varieties. This choice of international items accommodates all H Mart customers, 70 percent of which are Asian.
“We are serving an ever-expanding multicultural community in the South Sound,” said Song. “Lakewood increases H Mart’s ability to reach our international customers and we have hired 50-60 employees for the new location.”
The Lakewood branch presents a new market opportunity for H Mart. The company currently operates stores in Federal Way and Lynnwood with plans to open two additional locations in Bellevue and downtown Seattle in late autumn.
“The International District in Lakewood is a star attraction” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Our business community is now more diverse than ever before, and we are proud to welcome H Mart.”