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H Mart readying for move into Central Square this fall

Posted by Brock Parker  July 10, 2013 09:45 AM

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Korean grocery chain H Mart is planning to open in Central Square late this fall with a food court in the space formerly occupied by the Harvest Co-op.

The Cambridge License Commission Tuesday night approved common victualler licenses for H Mart and three restaurants at 581 Massachusetts Ave. James Rafferty, an attorney for the businesses, said they will run a food court with a total of 120 seats in the supermarket.

Harvest Co-op has already moved out of the spot to a new location across the street.

Sung Choi, an attorney for H Mart, said the New Jersey-based company is targeting an opening date in late November or early December.

When the 18,000 square-foot supermarket opens, the first Massachusetts location of the Japanese restaurant, Go Go Curry, will open in the food court. Sapporo Ramen, a Japanese noodle restaurant that already has a location in the Porter Square Exchange in Cambridge, will also open in the food court, along with bakery shop, Paris Baguette, a division of the Korea-based SPC Group, that will also serve sandwiches and beverages.

H Mart opened its first New England supermarket in Burlington in 2009, and has 37 stores in the United States, Choi said. The supermarket chain offers Korean, Japanese and Chinese foods and the H stands for “Han Ah Reum,” which means one arm full of groceries.

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