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Coming to Charlotte this year

GodfatherofLunch | Jan 17, 200802:19 PM

The Observer recently reported
Grand Asia Market coming to STALLINGS --This western Union County town is getting a large Asian grocery market, the first in Union County and one of the biggest in the state. Grand Asia Market, which has operated a 30,000 square-foot grocery store, bakery and in-house restaurant in Cary for 10 years, plans to open in the former Winn-Dixie in Potters Square by the end of the year, according to co-owner Alice Chang. The Winn Dixie building, at Old Monroe and Potter roads in Stallings, has been vacant since 2005, despite efforts by town officials, residents and business owners to recruit another grocery store to fill the space. “So what is the big deal?” you may be asking yourself. The Godfather had done a bit of investigating and this place is going Wok and Roll!!!!!

Grand Asia Market has been providing the community of Cary, North Carolina with the highest quality Asian groceries since 1997. The Cary store carries thousands of products from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. They have bulk packages of Thai Jasmine rice, fresh soymilk, chrysanthemum tea, and ginseng from Mainland China, Japanese seaweed, miso paste, bamboo shoots, tamarind paste, various chili sauces and cooking sauces, Asian snacks and other imported foodstuffs. Asian vegetables in the Produce department include fresh bok choy, bean sprouts, leek, ginger, gailan, lotus root, cilantro, basil, lemongrass, fresh mint, and mustard. In the Meat department, they carry items such as goat, duck, livers, blood, tripe’s, and Chinese sausages. From the aquariums, they sell a variety of live fish and seafood: tilapia, catfish, clams, crabs, lobsters, and oysters, just to name a few! Delicacies such as sea cucumber, and shark fin are also available. They also carry cookware and dinnerware. You will find an assortment of Japanese rice cookers, Asian-style bowls, plates, spoons, cups and woks. These items are also popular as gifts.
Grand Asia Market is also home to Andy's Bakery and The Joy Luck Club Restaurant. Andy's Bakery not only sells Asian bread, pastries, cakes and cookies baked right on the premises, but also prepares many flavors of bubble tea and smoothies. Andy's Bakery is the only fresh Asian bakery in the community. The Joy Luck Club's specialty is authentic, home-style, Chinese cuisine. You can even purchase live seafood from Grand Asia Market and have The Joy Luck Club prepare and cook your seafood to your preference right before your very eyes!
If the new store slated for opening in Stallings is going to be on the same level as the one in Cary it will be a true culinary destination for foodies throughout the Charlotte area. I’m eager for them to open. I really have a Yen to shop here.

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