Hana World Market
- sqwertz Jan 17, 2012 07:00 PM
Yelp reports that Hana World Market - a Korean oriented grocer - at Parmer and Metric next to the Goodwill and in the former Hong Kong Market space is in "soft open" mode (and has been for 10 days). Grand opening is on the 24th of January.
Just thought I'd mention it here since we all seemed to have missed last time this supermarket opened in a previous incarnation as Hong Kong Market. I'll be there on the 24th or sooner. Maybe even tomorrow.
Rumor is that the food court will not be active for another 2 months or so. It would contain 4 different "stations", A Korean cafe serving general Korean dishes similar to New Oriental and Han Yang's side restaurant. Then possibly shabu shabu, sushi, and dim sum at the other three. But I'll assume those later three will be in limbo for a while.
More info: I was searching for cucumber kimchi today and after 3 stops I finally found the kine - a bunch of it at New Oriental Market. But that was ALL they had. They are moving. Half the store was empty - not even shelving. So I asked where they're moving and they said "Parmer". I said, "Ahh, Hana World Market, right?". They say, "Ahh, yes, yes, yes..."
Frankly, I didn't think New Oriental had the smarts to open a bigger store. But it appears that Hana World Market is, at least in part, New Oriental Market. So I assume they will be the cafe at HWM as well, too. The former NO cafe was barren.
As for the kimchi, I ate two quarts of cucumber kimchi today. Is that..... wrong? <shrug>
-sw (wishing I would have bought more - it was 25% off)
I have yet to make it to see the new supermarket, but my wife (who is Korean) has been. She doesn't hold out much hope for it unfortunately because the Korean population in Austin simply is not big enough to support such a large supermarket, esp. when they have a well known and trusted one already (Han Yang). I told her there were supposed to be both meat and seafood counters and butchers at the store and she said that in her opinion there is no way that they can support that. She has seen very few shoppers when she has been. Perhaps when the food court opens (if it ever does?) the prospects will look better.