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Mar 7, 2011 07:15 PM

Uwajimaya Bellevue - Moving or an additional location?

While driving past the old Larry's Market off of 8th and 120th and noticed that there's a sign that says Uwajimaya is coming soon. Does anyone know if they intend to open a new location or just move the old one off of Bel-Red Road?

600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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    1. re: knowspicker

      this will be a major problem for me. tne new location is very close to where i work, and i can easily swing by there on my way to 405N. this might require me to take on a second job. :-))
      i also hope the ramen shop will move with them.

      1. re: ritabwh

        This will be a major problem for me. The current location is very close to where I work and it will be impossible to get to the new location on my lunch break to stock my work fridge and grab something to eat. :-((

        1. re: Brunhilde

          @brunhilde: sympathies, empathies, and ... maybe we can meet up for a shopping trip when the new store opens. anythings gotta be better than the old building. :-))

    2. They moved to 699 120th Ave. NE, Bellevue. Went on Saturday. It's now big, clean and nice. The produce section has been expanded. So have the meat & seafood, housewares and household sections. The Japanese sushi resto that was the old place isn't there. Instead, there's a pan-Asian cafeteria with smells that permeated the whole place. There are whole lacquered Beijing ducks ready to go. Took a while to find stuff, but in all, it was a pleasant experience.

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      1. re: Cheesehugger

        i was there yesterday and today. yesterday, i was warned by a young woman at the deli that the cook had retired and that the shoyu ramen was not the same as at the old location. today i went there for lunch and shoyu ramen. i will not be ordering it again. the broth was weird.. very thin and weak. 2-3 slices of BBQ pork...the kind with the red. lots of sliced scallions, and a few strands of moyashi. it was quite disappointing.
        the store itself, wow. fish counter is updated and very clean looking. the deli (same place where they have the chinese steam trays and ramen) had some very expensive stuff like $5.99 per piece "scampi tempura", and miso cod at 20-something per lb.
        meat prices were ok, but Ranch and HMart would still be better value.
        still very conveniently close to work for me, so i can stock up on very specific japanese items without planning a day trip. :-))

        1. re: ritabwh

          p.s. the ramen noodles were mushy soft.
          i was hoping ramen for lunch, other than boom noodle.

          1. re: ritabwh

            People crack me up. No s*it Sherlock it took you a while to find stuff. Hint, it's a new store and probably your first time in there. Do you typically go into a store and know exactly where everything is? I thought not. Comparing Uwajimaya to Ranch and HMart is like comparing Nordstrom to Target and Ross, while all three can clothe you one does so with premium brands that make you feel and look better than the others while also being at the forefront of the industry. Does Ranch or HMart even know what "prime" beef is? The answer to that is a resounding, "no", because they're too busy selling "ungraded" beef.

            600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

            1. re: chowhound52

              Just went there today and found the place amazing, especially compared to the old store. The meat market was impressive and the prices seemed fair for what they were selling.

              1. re: chowhound52

                really? prime grade? i shall have to study the labels next visit.