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Kam Man Mkt South Bay

BostonTparty Feb 8, 2012 06:27 AM

Is the Kam Man mkt opening today? A few weeks ago people were saying it was. In todays Globe it said it was opening on Saturday. Anyone know for sure?

  1. kobuta Feb 18, 2012 11:58 AM

    Made a trip there earlier today and it was definitely doing brisk business. As noted, the workers were more diverse probably to better serve the diverse patrons this area will attract who need non-Chinese language help.

    The layout of the meat and seafood sections are so far nice and spacious, and will help with keeping it clean and more traffic-jam free since this is an area where many shoppers tend to congregate to wait for their cut of meat or fish.

    Prices on staple Asian items were surprisingly high for me too. Perhaps it just the rent in this area, but I expected to see more early promotional discounts to lure in new shoppers but I think I only saw about half a dozen "deals". Otherwise, prices on many average items were a good 20 cents more than other stores. Maybe a better pit stop for those coming from north of the city or who absolutely need English language assistance, but nothing would draw me back to this location otherwise.

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      grant.cook Feb 11, 2012 05:39 PM

      Decent place..produce selection a bit weak compared to say h-mart. Things were well labeled in both English and Chinese. Large Latin selection as well....

      1. theparegorickid Feb 10, 2012 12:01 AM

        Was at the new Kam Man Farmers Market yesterday at 8:45 AM
        an employee said they would be opening at 9
        so I slipped in aroud 8:50 with a few workers and wandered around a bit before the manager politely asked me if I were a customer
        told me they were having some "pricing issues" and wouldn't be opening until 12
        really only got to browse through produce and meats and a few of the isles
        produce not much different than before the change, much better selection overall at the Quincy locale, not a great selection of herbs here
        the usual suspects in the meat case but did have fresh bull testicles
        interesting selection of beef, pork and fish balls plus some others of varying shapes and textures sold loose
        as already mentioned, a fair selection of Caribbean tonics and products including Auntie May's yellow pepper sauce from Barbados along with the more common Mantouk brand
        only got a peek at the seafood section which looked brand new and sizeable but not set up yet (no fish out)
        that's about all I got to see other than the parking lot being patched up

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        1. re: theparegorickid
          C. Hamster Feb 10, 2012 09:41 AM

          Farmer's market?

          1. re: C. Hamster
            dotfoodie Feb 10, 2012 06:13 PM

            I was headed over to Stop and Shop at South Bay and stop in at the new Kam Man first. Very impressed with the whole store and prices. They stock a very large number of western brand name products. This place is not just geared to the Asian market but the South Enders. Land O Lakes butter was only $2.50 a lb. If you like rice it has one of the largest selections I have seen outside of Manhattan. My favorite brand, Lungberg, which I buy at Whole Foods was half the price The cod was only $4.99 a pound, which was fresh. Another bonus was the staff all seems to be able to speak English plus has knowledge of their products and gladly answered my questions.
            I asked how they can sell so cheap and was told that they are members of a supermarket co-op which allows them to compete with the larger stores. Can’t wait for the food court to open.

            1. re: dotfoodie
              catsmeow Feb 10, 2012 06:16 PM

              When is the food court suppose to open?

              1. re: catsmeow
                dotfoodie Feb 10, 2012 08:16 PM

                They are waiting for permits from the city, plus I understand they want to sign a lease with a well know Asian restaurant..That could take up to 6 months. One thing I really liked if you have a question they were there to answer it, that is one thing I have a problem with the Chinatown stores. They will never have to worry about customers, the Stop & Shop and Target in South Bay are the highest grossing stores in their chain.

                1. re: dotfoodie
                  Dave MP Feb 13, 2012 04:43 PM

                  Do you mean that the Target in South Bay is the highest grossing Target in the country?

                  1. re: Dave MP
                    C. Hamster Feb 14, 2012 07:59 AM

                    That cant possibly be true ...

                    1. re: C. Hamster
                      dotfoodie Feb 14, 2012 10:50 AM

                      Two years ago they were number one, we are talking by sq ft, that's why they enlarged the store. Last years report isn't in yet. The Stop & Shop, last year, was number two in the chain. Since Target in Braintree opened, that should take some of their sales.away. End of Aug. you can't get into Target, parents and student fill the place, last year it was worst than Black Friday.

                      1. re: dotfoodie
                        C. Hamster Feb 14, 2012 12:09 PM

                        Across the country, though?

                        Ive been in some MUCH larger targets in the midwest and west that do a hoppin business.

                        1. re: C. Hamster
                          KWagle Feb 15, 2012 12:23 AM

                          Land is cheap in the Midwest. You can build really big stores out there and you don't have to pack 'em in like sardines to pay the rent.

              2. re: dotfoodie
                ix9 Feb 10, 2012 07:34 PM

                most items i'm familiar with prices of were 15-20% higher than quincy and chinatown markets here. also it is fairly hostile to T riders unless you like a 3/4 mile walk thru the hood or a bus ride. could use some skylights also. dont think i'll be returning unless i happen to findn myself at South Bay Plaza (unlikely)

                1. re: ix9
                  kobuta Feb 11, 2012 07:57 AM

                  The original Kam Man in Quincy is no more T-(subway) rider friendly.

                  1. re: ix9
                    misscucina Feb 11, 2012 09:21 AM

                    The #8 bus goes from Kenmore/UMass to South Bay. I also believe the #10 and the #6 also run by there. Plus, there's a huge private lot on site... if you don't have a car, then rent a Zip Car. I do it all the time and it's cheap.

                    1. re: ix9
                      C. Hamster Feb 14, 2012 08:02 AM

                      The #10 bus careens right by the place

                  2. re: C. Hamster
                    theparegorickid Feb 16, 2012 10:23 PM

                    "Kam Man Farmers Market" is what they're calling themselves (name on the building)

                    1. re: theparegorickid
                      C. Hamster Feb 17, 2012 08:30 AM

                      That's just very odd ....

                      1. re: C. Hamster
                        ix9 Feb 17, 2012 09:01 AM

                        maybe they stole the idea from Mars Farmers Market in Mattapan?


                2. hiddenboston Feb 8, 2012 07:04 AM

                  I had heard it would open tomorrow, but maybe it was pushed back to Saturday. I'd definitely trust the Globe on this.

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                  1. re: hiddenboston
                    misscucina Feb 8, 2012 07:40 AM

                    Soft opening is tomorrow, Feb. 9. Grand opening with the Mayor, etc. is Saturday at 10 am.

                    1. re: misscucina
                      tallullah Feb 8, 2012 05:04 PM

                      Signs on the door give 2/9 as the opening date. Those went up last week I believe.

                      1. re: tallullah
                        ix9 Feb 9, 2012 02:25 PM

                        decent selection of West Indian hot sauces and roots concoctions from NYC

                        1. re: ix9
                          oli Feb 9, 2012 02:42 PM

                          So did it really open? how does it compared to the branch in Quincy?

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