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Oct 7, 2008 07:43 PM

LeeLee Market also in northwest Tucson? Soon?

A friend called me recently saying she'd just seen a sign that said a new LeeLee Market was coming soon in Tucson. I don't remember where she said she was caling from (she was in the car coming home), but I remember it was on the way far northwest side. Does anybody know where that is, and when they'll open?

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  1. The Tucson Lee Lee Oriental market will be at La Cholla Plaza at La Cholla Boulevard and Orange Grove Road.

    The location used to have a Food-4-Less.

    I believe the target date is Winter 2009.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Is this the same outfit that's located at Dobson and ? in Chandler. The one with the amazing Asian sandwiches.

      1. re: lawyerbriefs

        No that's Lee's Sandwiches. Lee Lee's is an Asian supermarket.

        1. re: yamalam

          Yeah, but you know, if you buy the right ingredients at Lee Lee you could make yourself a pretty darn good sandwich, including a banh mi ...

        2. re: lawyerbriefs

          Lee Lee's market is actually right across the road from Lee's sandwiches on Dobson and Chandler.

        3. re: ipsedixit

          Yes, I passed the location last week and saw it under construction. Winter '09 could be as early as January. I think it's great that LL is coming here. I hope it's comparable to the giant one in Mesa. I remember LL when it was just a small store on Dobson and Southern.

        4. YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

          1. Stopped by the proposed Lee Lee site on Orange Grove in Tucson today. It looks the same as it did months ago with the same "opening soon" banner hanging over what appears to be a dormant boarded up supermarket.

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            1. re: werewolf

              Darn- I hope they haven't shelved their plans due to the economy.

              1. re: EWSflash

                I saw the inside today. It's gutted and they were doing some industrial sized exterminating. If it's ever going to open, which I doubt, it won't be soon.

                Meanwhile, have you tried Grantstone Market? It's improved and it's quite a large sized Asian market now. They have stuff that even the giant Lee Lee's in Mesa doesn't.

            2. This will be great! I've used G&L Imports on 22nd east of swan for 30 years. Have to check out GrantStone, was there about 10 years ago, not too impressed. 17th St. farmers market is OK. Anyone been to Uwajimaya in Seattle? Now there's the benchmark. Anyhow, welcome Lee Lee to the Old Pueblo!

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                I go to G&L sometimes, too. I didn't know it was there that long, but then it is a very old fashioned looking place. Grantstone is too. And 17th St is the third Asian market that I know about here, and that's about it. None of them are even remotely in the same league when it comes to fresh foods - meats, fish, vegetables, etc. - as Lee Lee's - or the 99 Ranch Market (not sure if it's still called that) up in Phoenix. Never been to that place in Seattle. The mecca of Asian markets for me is Orange County, CA, restaurants, too.

                1. re: werewolf

                  I couldn't agree more about the variety and prices at Lee Lee. I do love Grantstone market, as they carry my favorite canned oolong and green teas by the case cheaper than anybody in town, They're a big step up from the first time I went there about ten or fifteen years ago- I turned around at the door and left. Glad they've come around.
                  G&L is close to my home and is the place that caused me to fall in love with Asian market lurking. I've lurked in most of them since then, Kimpo market is very close to my house, and I like those folks. Moan's is a little creepy but they have stuff nobody else does and they seem to be able to get around Customs somehow.

                2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                  I've been to Uwajiaya, mrbig. It's terrific. If you can dream it, they have it on their shelves!

                  1. re: firecracker

                    Is Uwaj. bigger than Lee Lee in Mesa?

                    Orange Cty. CA has one giant Asian market after another - and the fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood are awesome.

                    Just stopped by G & L yesterday. Interesting place. They have a lot of stuff, all crowded together, a lot like Grantstone.

                    I never heard of Kimpo and Moans.

                    And here's the latest inside poop on Lee Lee Tucson: It's scheduled to open in June.

                    1. re: werewolf

                      Uwajiaya is about the size of Mitsuwa in Torrance. Same general layout as well.

                      1. re: werewolf

                        Cool! How did you find that out, if I may be so bold as to ask?

                        Kimpo = 1 block east of craycroft on 5th Street
                        Moan's = near the south end of the strip mall on the southwest corner of Craycroft and 29th.
                        There are a couple of other Asian markets right close by oan's, too.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          Here's the latest poop straight from Mr Lee himself: The Tucson Lee Lee is scheduled to open up around June and it will be the same size and layout as the giant one in Mesa, and it will include a restaurant.

                          1. re: werewolf

                            And that be some good poop my man! Que Bueno!

                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                              Darn right it be some good poop- it be some GREAT poop!

                              Thanks, Werewolf.

                  2. Looks like late June or early July now.

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                    1. re: Cuppys

                      DOH! Well, at least they arent putting things on hold entirely.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        Everything will be fine about mid September, don't worry. How many things ever got off the ground on time? Considrer ourselves lucky they are here!

                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          Absolutely, MrBig! If it contributes to diversity of tastes and understanding of cultures, it's a good thing. A little delay doesn't mean anything in this economy!

                          1. re: firecracker

                            I agree completely- didn't mean to sound ungrateful at all. I'm SO glad to have a LeeLee in Tucson (Marana?), and really thrilled that they're able to pull it off .