WEST LOOP — An Asian grocery store chain with more than 50 markets across the country plans to open its first Chicago supermarket in the West Loop.
H Mart, a New Jersey-based grocery store chain that specializes in Korean and other Asian foods, plans to open at 711 W. Jackson Blvd. in the old National Office Interiors & Liquidators. The new store will open in 2017, according to signs posted in the storefront window.
H Mart — short for "Han Ah Reum," or "One Arm Full of Groceries" in Korean — was founded in 1982 in the New York City borough of Queens. To date, the company has opened more than 50 stores across the country.
Since 2006, the company has opened four stores in the Chicago suburbs, with locations in Niles, Naperville, Schaumburg and Glenview.
H Mart company founder Il Yeon Kwon said the company strives to provide quality Korean food and service.
"We believe the excellence of our products, encourage our fellow Koreans to have profound pride and dignity in the magnificent culture of our motherland, South Korea," Kwon wrote on the company's website.
H Mart representatives could not immediately be reached Wednesday.
National Office Interiors & Liquidators moved to a new location at 4350 N. Knox Ave. in Old Irving Park Sept. 1.
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