Hmart, the international grocery store that started as a neighborhood shop carrying Korean products in Flushing, Queens, and has expanded to more than 50 stores across the U.S., will open in the former Pathmark location on Central Avenue later this month.
The 37,000 square foot store will carry Asian and Western items, as well as products from Latin America and the Caribbean, said David Shin, the deputy marketing editor.
Submitted photo of another Hmart.
It’s a godsend for cooks like Brian Wong of Croton-on-Hudson.
For Chinese New Year dinner, Wong made six courses, including a roast chicken stuffed with sticky rice, scallions, ginger, shiitake mushrooms and dried shrimp; a steamed whole fish with ginger and scallion; and a slow stew of pork belly with Chinese mushrooms.
To get the ingredients to make that dinner, he had to visit at least three locations: at Kam Sen in White Plains, Daido in White Plains and Chinatown in Manhattan. One stop shopping would have been very welcome indeed.
“I will defintely shop there,” says Wong, speaking of Hmart. And he’ll be able to get more than just Chinese ingredients.
“We realized we want to focus on other backgrounds, not just Asian,” says Shin. “Depending on the location, we’ll have Indian, Pakistani, Caribbean, Russian.” As the store managers see what the local shoppers are looking for, they adjust inventory, too, he said.
The shop is known for its produce, and you will be able to find such fresh Asian greens as bok choy, mustard greens and Chinese herbs, says Shin. The shop will also carry organic products and prepared foods.
The prepared foods area of another Hmart.
“It’s not just the produce — we have a good selection of seafood and meat,” says Shin. “The product line is so vast because there are so many ethnic backgrounds we have to cover — whatever you’re looking for, we probably have it.”
Details: Hmart Hartsdale, 371 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. hmart.com. No phone yet.