Its namesake is. Likewise, Hong Kong Market (HKM) is a straightforward grocery store that opened Nov. 1 in Kent, attracting many Asian families in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Located at 320 East Meek Street, HKM has a live seafood department that appeals to both immigrants and Americans. Additionally, its produce, groceries and lotto section squeeze into a not-too-modest space of over 10,000 square feet. The market, formerly an auto shop, is inside an Asian strip mall with a hair salon and restaurant for its neighbors.
HKM is owned by two immigrant sisters and their husbands. They are Chinese and Vietnamese Americans. When partner Brian Hoang was asked why he was interested in becoming an entrepreneur, he said, I like to make pennies from lots of people rather than lots of money from one person.
Hoang immigrated from Vietnam 17 years ago. A computer designer by profession, he uses his engineering background to run the store like a scientist, systematic and organized. He says he is open to suggestions and continually works on ways to improve the store.
Hong Kong Market is open seven days a week!