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International grocery to take old Circuit City site

My friend and fellow Derm-blogger Joe has long talked about the string of international grocers near the old South Square, most particularly in the 70s/80s mall-sprawl on the eastern side of University Dr. by Saladalia, Eastern Lights, and whatever that Indian restaurant's name is this month.

Now they're getting some locally-owned competition in big-box format -- literally.

The death of Linens 'n Things and Circuit City left more gaps in most shopping center owners' portfolios than Gordie Howe had in his smile at the end of his NHL career. And that's notably true of Westgate Plaza, whose sole major long-term retail tenant remaining (Toys 'R Us) looks like a raggedy tooth hanging from a senior prepping himself for dentures.

Circuit City moved out when the Richmond, Va. retailer wound down operations, while Ashley's Home Furniture is closing its location in that plaza, too.

But N&O retail maven Sue Stock reports in today's edition that the owner of a City of Oaks international grocery is getting ready to take over the Circuit City space:

Owner Li Zhang also owns the A&C Supermarket on South Wilmington Street in Raleigh, but at just under 50,000 square feet, this new store will be much bigger.

Zhang will stock fresh produce and seafood, and products for Asian, Hispanic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. There will also be an international food court and coffee shop inside.

Triangle blogger Meg has a tour of the Wake County store on her blog complete with photos, finding A&C not too bad a place to shop (though preferring Cary's Grand Asia instead.)



heck, much better than that big empty store there.

I wish that blogger hadnt automatically put me off with her writup of the location. sure, i understand sad and dismal strip malls, but why she felt the need to point out that the strip mall contained a "dentist who takes Medicaid" as criteria for a place one normally want to go is beyond me.

Chances are, your dentist takes medicaid...gonna stop going there now?

sorry, just had to note...

C Klinck

We've been fans of the Oriental Supermarket, now located near Tire King across from South Square Target, for years and years. Always glad to have more Asian food choices, but I hope the new place doesn't overshadow O.S.

Todd P

I noticed another restaurant casualty in the South Square area today - Fuddruckers. A corporate Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing was apparently the cause.

Maggie R

The link to look at Meg's photos doesn't work- it says "page not found"


Any updates on this or when it may be ready to open to the public?

Rob Gillespie

They've applied for an ABC permit. I've heard from a frequent visitor to the Raleigh location that the owner plans on opening shortly after the first of the year.

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