September 19, by Nathaly Pesantez
A new Japanese grocery store is coming to Woodside and is expected to open its doors on Saturday.
Taiyo Marketplace, located at 51-27 43rd Ave, will offer over 2,000 Japanese items including snacks, frozen foods, noodles, seasoning, and tofu, according to Toshiaki Takahashi, the manager of the site.
The 800-square-foot store, near the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue and the 52nd St. station, is an addition to the Taiyo Foods near 44th St. and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. Both are owned by Hiroshi Hatazaki, who also owns Ariyoshi, the Japanese restaurant near 41st street and Queens Boulevard.
Takahashi says the new location came about after hearing from multiple customers of a desire for a Japanese market in Woodside. He also added that the fixture will be a welcome addition to the dark corridor under the 52nd St. station.
Taiyo Marketplace will also offer freshly prepared foods like bento bowls and sushi in the near future, according to Takahashi.
The store will open every day from 8 am to 10pm.