Oct. 15, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
A soon-to-close Stop & Shop supermarket in Long Island City will be replaced by a big-name chain that was founded in Woodside.
The Stop & Shop store on 48th Street will close Thursday but it will be replaced by H-Mart, a New Jersey-based supermarket that specializes in Asian food items. H Mart first opened in 1982 at 59-18 Woodside Ave.
A spokesperson for H Mart confirmed news of the opening to the Queens Post Friday, although he did not provide an opening date.
“We are currently finalizing our opening plan and [an opening date] will be announced in a month or so,” Sam Q. Kim, executive director at H Mart said in a statement.
H Mart currently operates more than 70 locations throughout the U.S. It also has stores in Canada and the U.K.
The 34-51 48th St. location will be the chain’s seventh location in Queens, and twelfth in New York, according to the company’s website. The Woodside location is not affiliated with the chain and is currently closed for renovations.
H Mart is known for offering imported Asian food items such as instant noodles, rices, snacks and a range of other packaged grocery items. It also offers seafood as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
Some of its stores come with food courts although it is unclear if the Long Island City location will have one.
The “H” in the company’s name stands for “han ah reum,” a Korean phrase that roughly translates to “one arm full of groceries,” according to the New Yorker.
News of the opening was first reported by Patch. Rumors of the opening first surfaced on Nextdoor and Reddit Wednesday.
I just came here to see if the comments would be as brain dead as I imagined. They were!
The H Mart better have a food court as the restaurant options are abysmal. Popeyes, Dunkin, Chuck E Cheese and a shanty-looking crab shack — not a fan.
I believe there’s a target opening up in LIC that is supposed to be three floors or something…
H-Marts are great. Food and appliances. All kinds of food, not just Asian. Other outlets are mobbed, and not just with Asian customers.
Nothing against H Mart, but what the neighborhood needs is a large, full service grocery store. While I am sure there will be things I can and will purchase from H Mart, this is very disappointing. The rumor of Target…then supposedly they discontinued talks for the space…who knows…
It always smelled of fish.
I am pretty sure I won’t be a customer there, and am also disappointed. The only thing that might change my mind is if they have a decent fresh fish section. Food Bazaar’s is ok but the space is claustrophobic.
Of all stores to open there an Asian market ? 👎really ! The store that was on Woodside Ave which is now closed was dirty & unkempt. Never shopped there. I really dont see how this store will survive . Total waste Why didnt Traders Joe or any other supermarket go there
Trader joes is terrible
I love this market. Many East Asians moved to the area during the pandemic to escape attacks and hate and live in white neighborhoods.
Is it just Korean items? Do they carry other stuff too?
Reply to Fred :I dont know how the heck they will stay selling Asian food items only
But I can’t see myself shop there at all. This H Mart makes no sense to be in that area.
They carry everything.
No, they sell nothing but rice and kimchi.
That will draw a lot of car traffic from all over. How does that line up with the careless future our city sees for this neighborhood?
And I thought it was going to be a Target.