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Please somebody straighten me out about "New Grand Mart"

Grand Mart at 7 Corners today - a bit of cleaning up makes it (I guess) "New Grand Mart". Last time I went I had to look hard for my first reason for going there - kimchi. And this time, no kimchi at all. At least they still had Choco Pies.

If I fully understood the employees I asked, there wasn't any kimchi and there never would be any more. At a Korean market.

Wha?

Can anyone enlighten me?

And where is the nearest place I can get decent fresh kimchi?

I'd hate to have to go to SuperH in Fairfax ... on the other hand, as a not-very-mobile handicapped guy, at least I can get into SuperH by myself, whereas I need help getting into Grand Mart.

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  1. New ownership. Less selection and a general dumbing down of that selection. Worse service. The produce has gone from OK to rank.

    I'll take the old Grand Mart any day.

    1. I don't know where exactly you are, wayne, but FreshWorld, in Springfield off Backlick right inside the Beltway, has fresh kimchi and just about everything else in the world you could possibly desire. Not sure about Choco Pies, however. The place is large and handicap accessible although very crowded on weekends.

      1. I'm also not sure where your starting point is, but there are also H Marts in Merrifield and in Annandale.

        I've never been to the one in Annandale, but the one in Merrifield is pretty good. They definitely have both kimchee and choco pies.

        1. Had no idea of the change, only saw the sign. I can also recommend you try Lotte in Merrifield, Gallows Rd. just north of Rt. 50.

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          1. re: Msdebbyc

            That's not Lotte, it's Great Wall. Chinese, not Korean.

            1. re: Steve

              H Mart is up the street on corner of Lee Highway and Gallows. Nearest Lotte is in Fairfax off Fairfax Circle.

            1. Have no idea what they will stock but I have seen signs that a "Global Food" is coming to the shopping center across from the Mark Center on Beauregard St. (I'm assuming that would be pretty convenient if you normally shop in Seven Corners). It's a local chain that appears to be Korean-owned but I'm not familiar with it...maybe someone else here has frequented one of the other locations?

              1. The Global Food is an international supermarket which sells Korean food and many countries food. The first store has been opening since May 30, 2002 in Manassas, VA. The second store has been opening since August 29, 2003 in Woodbridge, VA. The third store has been opening since November 24, 2009 in Ashburn, VA and the fourth store has been opening since November 23, 2010 in Montgomery Village, MD.

                1. There is also a big Chinese supermarket that will open in Eden Center sometime this year.

                  1. Success!

                    Went today to the Hechinger Avenue Fresh World and even my "crowded-international-market-phobic" wife loved it! (At least I didn't try to go with her on a weekend)

                    I only got as far as the produce/seafood/cooked section (I'll explore the rest of the place later) and found kimchi, a wide variety of panchan,beautiful roast ducks and a wide variety of fresh produce. Several lunch counters provided Hispanic foods and Asian foods. There were several kinds of ready-to-eat kimbap (Korean sushi rolls ... the one stuffed with bulgogi was fabulous!), and other ready-to-eat items ranged from ribs to roast duck to pupusas.

                    And for this old handicapped guy, wonder of wonders, cart corrals! Now I can walk in there by myself!