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Kam Man South Bay --CLOSED

Some friends tried to shop at Kam Man "Farmers Market" in South Bay and said that it's closed and fenced off.

Becoming a Dollar Tree, supposedly.

That's really too bad!

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  1. That's very sad. I stopped by there after they opened and was very impressed. I've never been to the other one.

    1. Aw, hell. The place had been in disarray over the past few weeks, but I'd assumed it was just a reshuffling of the layout. Back to essaying the truly frightening parking lot at C-Mart in the South End, I guess.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        there's a market not far from Kam Man in Dot. Phu Cuong. it's very good. and very big. have you tried it?

        1. re: eLizard

          Someone else suggested that to me today, had high praise for it. Would be better if it weren't a mile and a half of slow Dot Ave further away. I'll probably end up at Ming's or C-Mart in the South End instead.


          1. re: MC Slim JB

            it used to be on one side of my kid's day care, and now it's on the other. so i can walk there. it's before the dbar. so not so so bad. and if you cut down pleasant street you could avoid most of dot ave. i think it's a couple blocks after savin hill.

          2. re: eLizard

            It's great for Vietnamese ingredients, and has a decent selection of southeast Asian stuff too, but I don't find it as good as other markets for your Chinese groceries. It will have your basics, but not nearly the expanse of brands as other markets. If I need to selection for Chinese items, I rather drive the extra few minutes to Kam-Man, Lucky, or New York Marts (aka Ming's smaller Quincy outpost).

            1. re: kobuta

              Yeah it is like Battabang or that big market in Lowell that closed.

        2. how were you supposed to get to this market on foot? sit at a dingy, pigeon-poop slathered Andrew bus-stop and wait for a connecting ride? risk your life as a pedestrian on Southampton St's byzantine-maze of offramps with semi-trucks + 2-seg buses flinging around everywhere? maybe a leisurely 1.25mile zigzag trot thru the Polish Triangle with your GPS app open? it's no wonder there were never asian customers from Boston, Quincy or Malden in there

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          1. re: ix9

            The MBTA 8, 10, and 16 buses all serve the South Bay plaza. The private-but-cheap Southie Shuttle does, too.

            I see your point, but it's a shame that more people besides Asian-Americans didn't figure out how much better this was, if only for produce, than the adjacent Stop & Shop.


            1. re: ix9

              I walked that route every day for quite a while - at least now, it definitely has plenty of crosswalks such that the walk wouldn't be too crazy. I'd say the crazier part would be walking through the plaza!

            2. Hearing conflicting rumors at the moment, i.e., that only part of the space would become a Dollar Tree and a smaller Kam Man would survive. I'm going to investigate; that would be a much happier outcome for me.


              1. I hope Slim's right and that it hangs on.

                Although it seemed like they were marketing more and more Hispanic products -- some pretty interesting.

                I've taken the bus from Andrew to Copley many times and it flies like a bat out of hell through the parking lot past the Olive Garden in the am.

                1. I took a stroll by, and it doesn't look good. The old produce section of Kam Man is already fully enclosed as a standalone dollar store, about the size of a typical 7-Eleven, with wall signage all around, and at the back, a dairy case and a frozen foods case. If there's a smaller Kam Man surviving, it can't be seen at all from outside.


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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    I shopped there about 2 weeks ago and where you used to walk in to the produce section (straight ahead) was all walled off clearly for the dollar tree. Once inside the doors you took a hard left and entered kam man a bit more crowded but fully functional. it did not look like a market that was going to be shut down in less than 2 weeks. shelves were fully stocked fresh produce being placed as i walked the aisles, no crazy mark downs, full fish and meat sections.

                    i hope it stays open, i just moved into the area and have been there more times than stop and shop.

                  2. I drove over there today to see what was happening (and maybe take a picture) and there was a police car next to it with its lights on, basically saying "Don't even think of slowing down to look at what's going on here." So I wasn't able to see what's up.

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                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      Dot News has an article on the epic-drama related to this building


                      1. re: ix9

                        Strong argument for prohibiting the private ownership of any road that connects to a public road.

                        1. re: KWagle

                          Or maybe an argument for not signing a lease with such stipulations.

                          I'm bummed. Kam Man was very useful to me, and now it looks like it will take many months to reopen, if it ever does.


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Maybe an argument for a drone strike against the headquarters of the troublesome property owners.

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              disappointing not only since it was so good when it opened, but offering a comprehensive array of West Indian and Latino products under one roof, saving a trip deep into the heart of the hood or over to Chelsea/Eastie's thriving Bodega scene for some crema salvadorena, a long-tail variety of dried bean or mole-ingredient chiles, Bajan or St Lucian pepper-sauces, smoked hog-parts and numerous saltfishes..

                              the continual evolution and competition for shoppers of other asian-market is some consolation though. with Lucky (Quincy, not Dot) changing hands or at least names to GoodFortune and seeing continual upgrades and bustling amount of customers happy to not deal with the California-like parking and roadway nightmare across the street, the former Thuan Dat completely overhauling to an H-Mart appearance, the H-mart itself, Phu Thinh taking over a nearby laundromat and doubling its size in Ashmont, etc. who knows what i've missed since there's too many asian markets to ever get to the same one more than once a month

                              1. re: ix9

                                Where is the one near Ashmont?

                                There is also a new (I think) Asian market right by Kam Man mother ship in Quincy