Friday, August 10, 2018

H Mart coming to 3rd Avenue in base of NYU's Alumni Hall

H Mart, an Asian-American supermarket chain based in Lyndhurst, N.J., is opening an outpost on Third Avenue at Ninth Street in the long-vacant retail space of NYU's Alumni Hall. (H/T Upper West Sider!)

Signage arrived this week in the front window of the former Birdbath space and Citi Habitats office next door. (Both of these businesses left in the summer of 2014, and have sat empty ever since.)

Based on the work permits filed with the DOB, the market will encompass at least 3,800 square feet.

Not sure how much space that means along these empty storefronts...

Most of these spaces have been vacant now three to four years.

When M2M closed on Third Avenue and 11th Street in February 2017, the owners of the Asian market posted signs that they'd be opening a new outpost in the former Birdbath space. (Those plans obviously never materialized.)

As for H Mart, this will be the third location in Manhattan (the others are on West 32nd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side). Overall H Mart has more than 70 outposts in the United States and Canada.

I'm familiar with the store, though I've never been inside one... if anyone wants to chime in about H Mart in the comments.

Updated 9 a.m.

West Side Rag has photos and insights (link here) from the H Mart grand opening on Broadway back in February.


Anonymous said...

H-mart sells some pan-Asian as well as western products but is primarily a Korean grocer.

Anonymous said...

I used to go to the HMart in Fort Lee and absolutely loved it! The fresh fish is amazing in quality and variety. I can't wait for this to open.

Shazziz said...

FINALLY! Something that's not BS or a new hair cuttery, or another Ramen shop! Very excited about this addition!

MrNiceGuy said...

Great addition to the neighborhood! I've been missing M2M since it left, this will help fill the void

Anonymous said...

Nice! This should literally, and figuratively spice up the East Village grocery scene.

MrsDarts said...

I'm so excited! HMart has fresh Korean (and Asian) groceries and staples. I was so unhappy when M2M closed because I was able to buy stuff there. The quality wasn't always the best so I'm looking forward to HMart who usually has great quality goods.

Giovanni said...

M2M had some of the freshest produce outside of Chinatown, their chives and scallions were always great. So glad to see HMart bringing products to the neighborhood that Target never will.