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Marukai Japanese Market Coming to Pico & Bundy WLA

Marukai http://www.marukai.com/index-e.html is going in upstairs to what was formerly the piano outlet just west of the Taco Bell on Pico (essentially the NW corner of Pico and Bundy). Should be good for us and bad for Mitsuwa and Nijiya

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Nijiya Market
2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Mitsuwa Marketplace
3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

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    1. re: J.L.

      "Supermarket wars!"

      A "snack attack" perhaps? (No groaning please)

      1. re: Servorg

        So excited! Thanks for letting us know. I was just at Mitsuwa yesterday b/c I didn't want to make the trek to Marukai, and I found the sashimi we bought to be less tasty and more expensive than at Marukai. We make the trek to Marukai monthly, filled in with Nijiya stops, but now we can consolidate, and it's even closer than Nijiya!

    2. How's their seafood selection, compared to Nijiya, for example?

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      1. re: epop

        I think they are more about the huge selection they give you for things like noodles or curries. Fish and meat are fine, but not what drives their customers for the most part.

        1. re: Servorg

          Then I will stick to Nijiya. I appreciate their quality on so many levels (but wish they'd get rid of styrofoam).

          1. re: epop

            I think their fish and meat selection is better and a lot bigger than nijiya, at least in the location I go to (artesia in Gardena). Not sure how big the department will be in this new location.

            1. re: ericat

              I hope the sushi grade seafood is at least as fresh as Nijiya's.

      2. Isn't Marukai a membership store like Costco (with annual membership dues)?

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        1. re: Norm Man

          Yes, but one year is only $10, 2 years is $15 and I think a 3 year membership is $20

          1. re: Servorg

            You can also pay each time you go, it's only $1 for a day pass. The savings are worth it though.

        2. I'm not familiar with Marukai...do they have a food court?

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          1. re: Ciao Bob

            Yes, but I don't know how much space they'll have at this location so it remains to be seen for the new branch.

          2. I'm wondering what type of store they will be setting up. The original Marukai is HUGE - most would analogize it to a Costco for Japanese stuff. But Marukai now has non-membership stores, as well as stores that focus more on discounted merchandise (mostly non-food). I've never been in this building, but I'm guessing it's not nearly large enough to even roughly emulate the warehouse store. Maybe more like a smaller version of the non-member store in Pacific Square?