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H Mart to celebrate grand opening in Bayside

H Mart is expected to open its newest location in its Bayside shopping center. Photo by Phil Corso
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After more than a year of anticipation, Bayside’s new H Mart grocery store announced an official opening date for Saturday.

The popular supermarket chain has delayed its opening several times since it was revealed to be taking over the site of a former Waldbaums grocery store near the intersection of 47th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard. But after leaving its most recent delay back in June open-ended, the chain was able to buy time and quickly spruced up its new building for an opening day.

The Saturday opening will include a 9:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting, an H Mart spokesman said.

The Korean supermarket chain first signed onto the site after Waldbaums was shuttered last year, costing 77 borough workers their jobs. At that time, community leaders said they expected a new grocery store would inhabit the spot as early as September 2012, but H Mart admitted that date would have been impossible to meet as it was still securing permits and construction plans.

The chain later said it would open its doors by July 2013, but that deadline was also missed. A spokesman for H Mart told TimesLedger Newspapers at the time the company did not know when the doors would open.

“We have no exact date set for a grand opening,” the spokesman said in June. “I can’t make sure.”

More than a year later than expected, and after months of the vacant building sporting H Mart signs promoting the unknown grand opening, the chain finally came out with a final date.

H Mart, an American-based franchise, is owned by Hanahreum Group, of Lyndhurst, N.J., and has stores throughout the country.

Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said last year he expected the turnaround at the location to be fairly quick, so the area residents’ shopping habits would not be too severely affected. But his hopes that Bayside and Flushing shoppers would not have to stare at an empty storefront became a reality over the succeeding months.

Iannece said the community had mixed views about the incoming supermarket chain, but CB 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said she thought it would still be a good fit for the northeast Queens community.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., the New Jersey-based owner of Waldbaums, has had a turbulent history of financial woes in recent years and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors in 2010. A company spokeswoman said earlier this year it had also closed one of its Pathmark grocery stores on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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analist from Bayside says:
How many jobs will be offered to the community at this store?
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:05 am
analist from Bayside says:
How many jobs will be offered to the community at this store?
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:05 am
analist from Bayside says:
How many jobs will be offered to the community at this store?
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:05 am
bnc626 from queens says:
I do not like this store. The Asians have really started to inconvenience the people who have lived in that community for many years. All these Asians took up all of northern blvd and put in shops that no one really shops in (also some signs ARE NOT written in ENGLISH), then they convert houses to churches, then they build two family houses and put 3-4 families in the house. They don't even pay property taxes on any of this land because the churches own most of those two family houses!! Then the church pays no property taxes itself!! There is a church on northern blvd who took over 5 attached houses just to convert that to a church and have their congragation members live in the other houses!! They don't care who they inconvenience!!
Thus, this Hmart probably will NOT hire any one who is not asian or hispanic!! In Maryland they had NO people who were working for them who weren't Asian or hispanic!! So I know its going to be the same at this one- they are all the SAME!!
Aug. 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
bnc626 from queens says:
I hope someone protests this store. I will go in it one time and see if they actually hired someone who is not asian or hispanic!! And if they did not, I will join people to protest against their hiring ways!!
Aug. 15, 2013, 1:05 pm
Arthur from Whitestone says:
We can only hope certain Asian groups well learn to assimilate while living and working in this great country. It may take a generation or two. Be patient.
Aug. 15, 2013, 2:07 pm
NC from Bayside says:
@bnc626, wow, racist much?
Aug. 15, 2013, 4:46 pm
Kevin Lee from Fresh Meadows says:
Bnc626. If you hate those Asians taking over all those stores, why don't you spend your own hard earned money to open your own stores. Nobody will complain what you do with your money. Anybody starting their business is taking on a lot of risks. Something you wouldn't know anything about. I rather have enterprising Asian hordes opening up business than do nothing whiners like you.
Aug. 15, 2013, 6:22 pm
bnc626 from queens says:
OH PLEASE!! You Asians only open up businesses for tax breaks, not to help the neighborhood community that you people love to ruin!! So don't give me that nonsense Kevin LEE!! I have never seen a white or black person working for any chinese/koreans KEVIN LEE!! Not to mention that most of your churches aren't even REAL churches they are Financial centers to buy houses and stick in all of china and korea into those houses!!
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:20 pm
bnc626 from queens says:
NC from bayside is probably just another asian who "thinks" that they are entitled to everything in america when in actuality you are NOT!! I can say whatever I want to because I am a USA citizen and I am protected by my 1st amendment rights NC!!
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:22 pm
bnc626 from queens says:
AND BTW KEVIN LEE how many years of taxes have you paid into the USA tax system?? How much of your money have you put in to the school system that all you Asians love to overcrowd because you want to stick 3-4 families in a two family house (which btw is a housing VIOLATION!)!!
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:27 pm
susan from douglaston, ny says:
And for your enjoyment here's a story that also proves that there are RACIST asians...no they are NOT PERFECT!
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/asian-supremacist-sentenced-therapy-article-1.235942
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:42 pm
elise from Fresh Meadows says:
To everyone else, please pay no attention to the racist pricks commenting here.
I am glad this place is opening its doors.
Finally, a place nearby to buy groceries from! Hmart is actually one of the few 'asian' supermarkets that are Non-Asian friendly. They sell a lot of American items like cereal, canned good and other stuff and unlike Waldbaums, their produce is super fresh and not overpriced. Seriously, some American markets need to learn to stop overpricing their 'healthy' foods so people can have a chance to attain a proper diet!
Aug. 15, 2013, 7:58 pm
Chuck from Queens says:
Wow didn't know there are ppl out there (@bnc626) who despise a particular ethnic group because of their success. I believe there was another infamous individual in history back in WWII who shared that view. In regards to your comments about taxes, I guess you do not read the news about none Asian companies such as Apple, Goldman Sachs that exploit loops holes in tax codes. Please open your eyes and read the article in the link http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2013/08/01/apple-google-among-top-u-s-companies-parking-cash-offshore-to-reduce-taxes-study-says/.
@susan, I do not believe Asians are PERFECT and nor do they promote themselves as such so please get your head out of your backside.
Aug. 17, 2013, 3:17 am
bnc_gotohell from Bayside says:
@bnc626 is also on city-data.com bashing Asians all the time. He claims to be black and that blacks built the school system in Bayside to what it is now and Asians do nothing, but take all the credit. Can't stop a racists from posting comments, but if he ever commits a racists crime in real life, all his comments online will be dug up and he'll be charged with a hate crime. Good luck.
Aug. 17, 2013, 11:59 pm
Edvard Khil from Auburndale says:
I just wanted to take a second to thank Susan for proving that there are actually racist Asians out there. I always knew there was something sinister about the way the media never talked about their secret hate of the white man, I'm just glad the DN has the courage to expose that hard truth.
Aug. 19, 2013, 3:18 pm
Wes from Downtown seattle says:
Yep that's why I left the east coast, you're a bunch if narrow minded racist morons.
Aug. 29, 2013, 2:26 am
Sweaty Mike from Surprise AZ says:
I grew up in Bayside and lived in Bayside for more years than I care or like to admit to. I also went to Flushing from the 60s to 2012 (when I moved to AZ) and saw what happened to Flushing in the 70s and 80s when it was a shambles. Thank the Asians for keeping property prices up and making investments in Bayside and Flushing.

Every immigrant group is trying to live the American Dream and just because they are not Europeans or are black does not make them any less deserving of trying to reach the Dream.

I forgot how many bigots live in NYC and are just like all the bigots here in AZ.
Aug. 31, 2013, 10:22 pm
Mac from Bayside says:
This bnc626 is obviously jealous of the success of the Asians. He/she is always spewing racist comments againt Asians on citydata.
March 11, 4:51 pm

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