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H-Mart, an Asian Grocery Chain With Woodside Roots, to Open on 48th Street Tuesday

H-Mart, a New Jersey-based supermarket that specializes in Asian food items and fresh produce, will open at 34-51 48th St. (the former Stop & Shop location) at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. (Photo: Queens Post)

Nov. 17, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A high-profile Asian grocery chain with roots in Woodside will be opening a sprawling new location on the border of Sunnyside and Long Island City next week.

H-Mart, a New Jersey-based supermarket that specializes in Asian food items and fresh produce, will open at 34-51 48th St. at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The company is taking over a near 64,000 square foot space in a building that previously housed a Stop & Shop supermarket, which closed last month.

H Mart, which was founded in Woodside in the 1980s, will offer a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. It will also have a large selection of meat, seafood, poultry and frozen foods. Some of its seafood options include lobster, squid, yellow croaker and pollock.

The store’s produce will be sourced directly from its New Jersey warehouse and local farms.

The store will also be stocked with imported Asian food items such as instant noodles, rice, snacks and a range of other packaged and canned grocery items. Other items will include health and beauty products, cookware and kitchenware.

H Mart President Brian Kwon said the company is looking forward to opening the new store.

“We will prepare hard every day to serve customers and go beyond people’s expectations,” Kwon said. “We are confident that people in Long Island City and in the surrounding communities will be very pleased with H Mart’s opening.”

The 48th Street location will mark H Mart’s seventh supermarket in Queens, and twelfth in New York. It currently operates more than 90 locations throughout the U.S., with stores in Canada and the U.K.

H Mart first opened in 1982 at 59-18 Woodside Ave. The Woodside location is no longer affiliated with the chain and is currently closed for renovations.

The “H” in the company’s name stands for “han ah reum,” a Korean phrase that roughly translates to “one arm full of groceries.”

H Mart is hiring new employees to join its 48th Street team in all departments.

Those interested should email [email protected] or call 201-314-3156 or 201-554-5270.

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

A typical H-Mart store in the United States (Photo provided by H-Mart)

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Welcome H-Mart

Happy to have this new addition to the neighborhood. Just a huge testament for the huge demand for these specific products in our neighborhood, especially given our diverse community.

Proud of this!! Huge win for SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE

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Sunnysider!!

Woohoo!!! Stop and shop does not compare! Everything in the store was well organized and so much selection. The place actually looks bigger… is it bigger?

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H-Mart is back!!

When stop and shop closed, I had wished an H-mart would replace it long before it was announced. My wish came true!!! Last week on opening day I went in and received the best customer service and got some amazing deals! The staff also had free gifts for all shoppers.

Highly recommend the seasoned beef section! They were giving out free samples. The vegetables were fresh and the seafood was out of this world.

I could not be happier!!! I love this new addition to this neighborhood.

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Johanna

Please update us on how it went. Im waiting until after the holidays to go. Hopefully they sell pet food.

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Gardens Watcher

Was there late this afternoon on opening day. Pretty crowded, with amazing number of staff on hand, even upstairs in the parking lot (which has been resurfaced). Fresh produce looked good, and there’s a huge fresh fish selection (including lots of produce and fish I’ve never heard of). Prices seemed in line with typical grocery store prices on things I normally buy, but I can’t speak for the prices on most of the Asian food items. The Asian shoppers seemed thrilled with the store, and I’ll likely return but it won’t be my one stop store like the former Stop&Shop. This store should do well.

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Resident in Woodside

So disappointed that no other supetmarket chain was able to go in there Thats a huge store for Asian market ?? Hope it closes down soon .

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Republicans believe in myths fairytales invisible gods and conspiracy theories

Resident- WOW Pretty pathetic

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Woodside Resident

Really !! and I think your handle is pathetic also:
Republicans believe& all the rest 🙄

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SMH

@Woodside Resident- You do know that “also” in your comment is an admission. You know you’re pathetic.

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Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?

Could they have named it something that doesn’t offend you so much?

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Jeannie

We need a Trader Joe’s or a Shop Right supermarket in the neighborhood. Not a Korean supermarket.

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Woodside Resident

Reply to Jeanine Yes thank you for your comment.My comment got 23 dislikes?this is woodside resident . Im not against Asians . I’m against the fact that the space could been better use by putting a Food Empiorium so it carries all intl foods

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,Only because you were cruel and ignorant

Your message is similar but it came across as classic racism.

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Gardens Watcher

Woodside, you might want to check out Food Bazaar a few blocks away on NBlvd. for a wide intl food selection.

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SMH

I wasn’t aware there was a difference between food sold by a American brand grocer based in New Jersey (H Mart) and a American brand grocer based in Germany (Trader Joes)

A Fuji apple is a Fuji apple no matter where you purchase it from correct?

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CJ

I’m glad to see the original H mart is just closed for renovations and not for good. I am interested in how that location divorced from the chain.

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Republicans believe in myths fairytales invisible gods and conspiracy theories

Robinette- The store is in LIC.
27,232 Residents in zip 11104
Sunnyside NY (Queens NYC)
White 14,769 54.2%
African America 591 2.2%
American Indian Or Alaskan Native 179 0.7%
Asian 7,074 26.0%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander 9 0.0%
Other Race 3,397 12.5%
Two Or More Races 1,213 4.5%
Queens County is home to 2.4 million people according to 2020 US Census, 27.3%, 655,200 are Asian.

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Resident in Woodside

Who cares what the H stands for I dont see any use or need for a store of this capacity to have Asian food . What a mistake & waste. I will not shop there .Bring back our real supermarkets where we can All shop .

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Lela

You are not interested in diversity are you? Your comment makes every Caucasian person who stayed here and welcomed diversity regret their decision. Your comment makes it look like we were fooled by people intent on trampling down the population that’s lived here and loved the place for a long time. Which is it?

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Cue-pon, not koo-pon

You mean like a Key Food, or that supermarket that’s owned by Key Food, or that other supermarket that just got acquired by Key Food?

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SMH

Wow, is the store going to prevent people from entering to buy apples if they are not Korean? What about blue crab? Do you need to be Korean to buy those too? What about brioche rolls? Korean or get outta here? Milk and orange juice? Still gate keeping?

It is a real supermarket. Based in New Jersey. Carrying real food. Open to everyone.

Quit being ridiculous and relax.

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A changing NYC is part of NYC move if you can't deal

Looks nice! Theres a cool Japanese department store that open in lic near trader joes too. Wondering when Target will open

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Shaniqua

Black people need yo copy Asians and open up these type of businesses. Can anyone name a big Black owned supermarket. Don’t waste your breath because there aren’t any!

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Perriflamel

Do you think seafood of all kinds, meat of all kinds, fruits and vegetables of all kinds are exclusive to Asians. I see a lot of bigotry in these comments when you don’t know what’s in the store. Hope to never see any of you there. Leave good shopping for the rest of us.

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But whose fault is that, shaniqua???

Yo need certain things in order to own and operate a store successfully. Money beforehand. Good credit. Good financial risk for banks. Willing to work with and serve people of all types. Not use racism as a get out of jail free card when you are the ones racist.

That’s why.

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