I E SUPERMARKETS : THERE'S A NEW KING IN TOWN!
That's Super King Market in Claremont. Soft opening was on Friday, Nov. 4, grand opening is scheduled for 11-11-11. Many on this board are familiar with their other 3 stores. I was eagerly anticipating the opening of this store, mainly hoping for an affordable source of lamb and Middle Eastern groceries.
We visited on Saturday evening and it was insanely crowded, mostly fueled by grand opening specials. This is a palace of supermarkets for our area, I would liken it to a Whole Foods for frugal(cheapass!) shoppers such as myself. At least now, during the opening, the entire store was pimped out and absolutely beautiful, stocked to the gills and shiny new with lots of neon and that new store smell!
This store mostly reminds me of my other local Hispanic markets I regularly shop at, such as Superior Grocers and Cardenas. But Super King has a much more international inventory, but with prices equivlent to the Hispanic markets on produce and meats, and also great specials on foods I usually cannot find at my usual haunts.
As you can tell, I am totally geeked out about this place, but this is my thing. I would hope my fellow hounds in the Western I E will check this place out and help welcome them to our hood. I think it will impress!
Super King Market Claremont
436 auto Center Drive
Claremont, CA 91711
Well, as I said earlier, having a good source of Middle Eastern groceries at cheap prices was an initial draw for me. But once inside, the market is very nice, and I kept finding things that appeal to the houndish side.
I read all the local market flyers, and I don't remember other markets selling choice grade boneless New York steaks at $3.69/lb., or skirt steak for $2.79/lb., or beautiful farm raised Salmon fillets at $3.99/lb,Or Mortadella with pistachios for $3.69/lb.sliced. I know these are killer prices for usually expensive stuff I can't normally afford. I have not found Aleppo Pepper or Smoked Paprika in my local markets, but was pleasently suprised to find them at SK.
I appreciate that you are happy for me, but I am sorry you don't share the enthusiasm. I am going back in a few minutes to take advantage of some one-day sale items, such as Foster Farms Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, sliced for $1.69/lb, or Crown royal Whiskey at $12.99 per 750ml.
As I am somewhat new to the area, do you know of some good and affordable food stores that you consider unusual or unique?
While these may be valid concerns, I believe they source their product from the same suppliers as all the major markets. I doubt they are getting meat and produce smuggled into this country on the backs of mules across the Sonoran desert in Arizona! And if they were, I'm sure we would all be flocking there to get some delicacy we read about on an obscure banned foodie blog.
All of the markets that I go to have good meats, fish and produce, and you must use regular prudence when choosing which items you wish to put into your body. This holds true for any market or vendor. Super King market seems to have a good reputation amongst Chowhounders, that was why I was so excited to get them close to me.