PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of people waited outside Friday morning ahead of Shun Fat Supermarket’s grand opening.
The doors opened around 9 a.m., but shoppers were lined up two hours beforehand to enjoy the ceremony filled with dancing, firecrackers and food — and to ensure they were some of the first people inside the new store.
The popular Asian supermarket’s new location in the Jade District marks its first store in the Northwest. It’s located at 82nd Avenue and Foster Road, which used to be home to a Fred Meyer store.
Founded by a Chinese-Vietnamese seafood wholesaler in 1993, Shun Fat has 14 supermarkets in California, Nevada and Texas. They’re known for imported Asian food, especially huge tanks for fresh seafood.
Shun Fat coming to Portland is thanks to Terry Emmert, a longtime businessman. He grew up on 60th and Powell, so he jumped at the chance to buy the 6-acre, former Fred Meyer property and transform it into a mecca for the Jade District with its high concentration of Asian residents and businesses.
“We want this to be the hub of our community,” Emmert said Friday morning. “This is the new boardwalk of Portland.”