New Chesterfield grocery store a ‘dream come true’ for international community

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Shoppers browse the newly opened New Grand Mart grocery store in Chesterfield County. (PHOTO: Katie Demeria)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — While two German grocery chains plot expansions into Richmond, a Northern Virginia grocer has brought a different sort of international flair to the competitive local scene. New Grand Mart, an international grocery store that sells products from Southeast Asia, Central America and West Africa, among other foreign locales, opened the doors of its first Richmond location late last week in Chesterfield County and has plans to snag another location in the West End.

Kyoo Lee, New Grand Mart’s CEO, said the newest store at 7415 Midlothian Turnpike in the Chippenham Square shopping center is the two-year-old chain’s fourth location.

Haeja Namkoong, a partner with Chippenham Square LLC, which owns the shopping center, said New Grand Mart signed a five-year lease on the 28,000-square-foot space in September.

“I’m Asian, and within the Asian community, including Southeast Asian or Indian and all those ethnic groups, they’ve been waiting for an international grocery store to come here for many years,” Namkoong said, adding that she owns shares of New Grand Mart. “This is a dream come true for a lot of people.”

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