Well, U Mart sure didn't last long, did it?
By the end of the first quarter a change over was already occurring. I felt really bad for the folks who started up U Mart, who used to have small, mom-and-pop First Korean Market. Just think, you close up a shop that has been surviving for years, taking a shot at the big time....and going down in flames. Kind of sad. I asked around a bit and one thing really stuck out.....I was told that among the really bad decisions made, the worst was putting all the produce in plastic...folks like to touch, smell, feel, and I guess sometimes even throw the fruits and veggies around? Anyway, I was told that the former owner of U Mart was still in the picture helping to manage Hana Mart.
The Missus and I visited one weekend afternoon and the place was deserted.....as in, "you could hear a fish fart" quiet.
The prices, even for produce was competitive and I'd say of better quality that Zion Market, where I've been less than satisified as of late.
I felt kind of sad, which soon turned to creeped out....this seemed like a set for an Asian horror flick. I expected to hear a young girl laughing, catching a glimpse of a pony tail and school uniform which turns the corner. Curious, I'd follow only to be startled by a faceless apparition, making strange clicking sounds, which then sucks the life out of me! Yeow.....
There was not a single customer in the place.......
Finally, I saw a flash of yellow....what was it? Some kind of alien creature that feeds on human flesh? No, it was only the cashier...whew....
We ended up buying bunch of stuff, including some baechu kimchi which was better than the stuff we get at Zion. It's kind of sad, I'm hoping that business picks up.
4611 Mercury St
San Diego, CA 92111
We heard a bunch of laughing when we were paying for our groceries. At least Happy Family, which Cathy posted on seems to be doing well.