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Hanaro Food New Asian Grocery Store in Centreville, VA--Opinions?

Has anyone been to the new Hanaro Food grocery store in Centreville yet? I heard it was good and opened in September 2010.

Thanks.

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  1. Hanaro has supplanted Grand Mart as the place to get asian groceries in Centreville. It has a fresh, attractive vegetables and a very reasonably priced meat section.

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    Grand Mart
    6255 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

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    1. Went just before the holidays. Not sure if it is japanese or korean owned but it seems to have a larger selection of japanese items. Also, was very happy to see there were more sushi cuts available than at the grand mart in sterling.

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      1. re: josie888

        What about Grand Village in Centreville? It replaced the Safeway and I haven't been in to try it yet.
        I haven't even heard of Hanaro! So there are 3 asian markets in Centreville now? (4 if you count the Chantilly Lotte)

        1. re: discojing

          Someone needs to create a guide to these markets. The Chantilly Lotte, for example, has a very large selection of Indian foods.

          1. re: discojing

            That's a new one to me. Didn't know that the Safeway is gone. Is this the one by Sully Station? Don't forget there is a little Vietnamese market called Park and Shop behind the AMC Bowling Alley on Lee Highway, good for picking up Vietnamese ingredients in a jiffy.

            1. re: dpan

              Hi,

              Thanks for the info. We have been shopping here regularly since the opening.

              Below is a link and info about the store.

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/hanaro-food-c...

              No web site yet for Hanaro Food.

              Hope this helps--we think it is better than Super Hmart and Lotte's. They do not carry Plum ice cream but we pick that up at Lotte's in Chantilly, VA when we want it.

        2. Went last week. New and clean. Selection was so so. It reminded me of Super H in merrifield. About that size. The meat section was good in that the meats were carefully cut and looked rather fresh. Other than that, I didn't think the selection were huge but not small either.

          My fav still is Lotte in Chantilly. bigger fruit veggie, more prepared foods and more in the way of non-korean stuff (indian, chinese, latin). Lotte and chantilly and Super H in fairfax still stand out as the best one around here for me.

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          1. re: Soup

            I went today, and will need to go back while we explore all those Korean restaurants in the plaza. The produce department is clean, but less extensive than Lotte or Super H. There was a very nice selection of sushi-grade seafood and a live octopus in the ultra-clean seafood department. My dogs are enjoying the $0.89/lb marrow bones I got in the frozen meat bin; these are being sold as soup bones and you will need to sort through the bags to find ones that are mostly marrow bones. The dogs are going to be in big trouble once my daughter figures out that she could cook marrow bones for herself without parental assistance.

            The small Korean dining counter was well-patronized at lunchtime. The bathroom was the most upscale, clean bathroom I have ever seen at a grocery store. Store staff were uniformly cheerful.

            Prices were generally good, though on a few items, I know that pricing at my local Grand Mart is better. I don't know what has driven the price down over the past year, but I am definitely loving uni at $10.99 a tray rather than $14.99 a tray.

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            Grand Mart
            6255 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312

          2. How are the fresh herbs sold...packaged or nonpackaged? I used to love to shop at Super H in Fairfax because I could buy an enormous bunch of mint...now it's smaller and covered in plastic.

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            1. re: anova

              Most of them other than cilantro and parsley were packaged. Grand Mart in Sterling usually has mint unpackaged, though many of the more exotic herbs are shrink wrapped.

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              Grand Mart
              6255 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312