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H Mart Coming to Bellevue in Fall

H Mart, a large Korean-themed grocery store, will come to Bellevue, it announced as it readied for the opening of its newest Northwest grocery store in Lakewood.

H Mart, a large Korean-themed grocery store that has been expanding in the Northwest, will come to Bellevue, it announced in a press release.

The New York-based H Mart, which will open in has plans to expand to Bellevue in late autumn, though the company did not immediately disclose the planned location. It also plans a downtown Seattle location, according to Seattle Metropolitan.

The Lakewood store will be 43,000 square feet and will offer a full-service grocery experience:

According to the company:

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.

In Bellevue, the store joins other large Asian grocery stores including Uwajimaya at 699 120th Ave NE and Asian Food Center at 14509 NE 20th St. Pal-Do World recently closed when the Lake Hills Village renovation started.

Any ideas on where H Mart will open in Bellevue?

Paul March 13, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Maybe the old Uwajimaya location at 15555 NE 24th St., or maybe the space Trader Joe's vacates if it moves there.
Venice Buhain March 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
The guesses I had on our Facebook page were: the empty Your Local Market on Bellevue, the old Larry's in Redmond, in Lake Hills Village where Pal-do World used to be, and yes, another vote for the old Uwajimaya location. As soon as I know something I'll post it.
Jon L. April 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Trader Joe's is moving. It has applied for a liquor license at the old Uwajimaya location down the street. I think Lake Hills is the most likely. But a combination of the current Trader Joe's and Precor spots along with the vacant Longs Drugs space would be viable.
JELLISC May 05, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Where Paldo World was in Lake Hills.
RobertinSeattle October 10, 2013 at 03:01 AM
There are signs in the plaza where Goodwill Industries and IHOP etc are located off NE 20th declaring, "Coming Soon Largest Korean Grocer" or something to that effect.
Barbara McKenzie January 08, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Possibly in the Top Food Store vacated near Crossroads Mall. I don't know its size but it could be a contender.

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