Progress at H Mart Belmont

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Typical entrance to H Mart (this one’s in Irvine, CA). Photo credit: Nandaro

Back in July 2017 I wrote about my excitement regarding the opening of H Mart, the very popular Korean grocery store chain, in the old Zupan’s space on Belmont. Since then I certainly wondered what was up. Today I have a better idea. Portland Business Journal wrote, “according to an emailed response from the company in Tigard, H Mart is shooting for an early March opening for the new store.” 

There was speculation floating around the internets that the H Mart at this location would never get off the ground. I’m glad to see that was just a sad rumor and that they are still planning to open up on Belmont.

I also checked in with Portland’s liquor license application page, it seems they applied for a liquor license in mid-December 2018 and it was accepted by OLC in mid-January 2019. The liquor license application confirms a few other tidbits: their plan is have a food court with 25 seats and hours of 8am-9:30pm Monday to Sunday.

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Redditors also reported seeing activity at the location in late December, the loading in of what may or may not be refrigerant compressors.

It’s nice to see evidence that H Mart is getting closer to opening, and I, for one, look forward to shopping there.

H Mart (opening March 2019)
3301 SE Belmont Street, Portland

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Bridgetown Bites is written by Meg Cotner, a food loving freelance writer, editor and published author in Portland, OR.

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