Korean American supermarket chain H Mart is almost here in Capitol Hill.
While there is no set date for the grand opening, it is projected that it will open its doors sometime this year. Eater Seattle reported last year that the store would likely open Fall 2021; however, doors remain shuttered with no new information from the headquarters.
Located on Broadway next to the north entrance of Capitol Hill Station, the new store occupies over 11,000 square feet of space on the ground level with an extra 5,000 square feet mezzanine. This will be the third H Mart location in Seattle, accompanying markets in the U District and downtown.
Founded in 1982 by Il Yeon Kwon, the chain began under the name Han Ah Reum as a small store in Woodside, New York City. Two years later, it expanded to Union, New York City. In the next few years, H Mart branched out to several states like Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Here in the Pacific Northwest, H Mart opened a location in Federal Way in April 2006, making it the first of the chain on the West Coast.
Currently, H Mart has more than 97 stores across the United States.
Other H Mart locations in the greater Seattle area can be found in Lynnwood, Bellevue, and Tacoma. District H, another store owned by H Mart known as a “higher-end offshoot” of the brand, can be found in South Lake Union.
Ana is a graphic design student at the Seattle Central Creative Academy. She is an aspiring designer focusing on accessibility, equity, and representation in the field. Outside of school, she likes to go hiking, cooking/baking, and watching Korean dramas.