Asian grocer H-Mart set to debut first Austin store

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 Business
Austin’s first H-Mart will open its doors Feb. 15.

The wait for H-Mart is almost over.

The popular Asian grocery chain has confirmed it will open its first Austin store on Feb. 15 at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin.

H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68,670-square-foot space near Lakeline Mall.

The Austin store will be the first with a Market Eatery, a new concept that features several small shops and restaurants tucked away within the larger H-Mart store.

Eateries that will be featured in the Market Eatery at Austin’s H-Mart are:

Non-food vendors will include:

Market Eatery will also serve beer, wine and sake, with daily drink specials planned.

“I want to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who has made this project possible,” said Stacey Kwon, president of H-Mart and daughter of the chain’s founder and CEO Il Yeon Kwon. “Without their hard work and dedication to our vision, none of this would have been possible. Specifically, to the city of Austin and the members of the community who have welcomed us with open arms, we are humbled to join this city’s unique vibrancy and ever-changing landscape.”

Domain additions

True Food Kitchen is adding a second Austin location.

The restaurant, co-founded by author Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox and known for its menu featuring an array of seasonal healthy dishes, will open a location at The Domain late this year.

It will join a location in the Seaholm development in downtown Austin that opened in 2016.

At The Domain, True Food Kitchen will take over the space in Domain I formerly occupied by Blackfinn Ameripub, at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

“True Food Kitchen will be a terrific addition to The Domain’s already impressive retail and dining lineup,” Lauren Krumlauf, the center’s director of marketing and business development said in a written statement. “Austin residents and tourists who appreciate well-prepared, wholesome dishes and incredible hospitality will enjoy True Food Kitchen as the restaurant is well-known for both.”

Founded in 2008, True Food Kitchen now has 21 locations.

Other new and upcoming additions in Domain I and II include:

“We are thrilled to have so many exciting announcements to share,” said Irma Castor, mall manager for The Domain. “Now that we are in our 11th year, it’s exciting to see how we continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community.”

Another H&M coming

The Austin area is getting yet another H&M store.

The retailer, known for its hip and trendy clothing at reasonable prices, will open at Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Northwest Austin, this summer.

The 21,000-square-foot store will feature the H&M Kids line targeting newborns to 14-year-olds, as well as an assortment of clothes and accessories for teens, men and women.

H&M made its Central Texas debut in 2012 with a store at The Domain. Since then, it has opened locations at Barton Creek Square mall in Austin and the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, as well as an outlet store in San Marcos.

The express lane …

The Sears Grand store at 12625 N. Interstate 35 in North Austin is currently holding a “store closing” sale, with plans to shut down by the end of April. … Bealls has shuttered two Austin stores. The locations – in the Windsor Village shopping center at 5811 Berkman Drive in Northeast Austin and the Westgate shopping center at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. in Southwest Austin – are among eight stores closed nationwide by parent company Stage Stores. … Pet Supermarket, a national chain, has opened its first Austin store at 7028 Wood Hollow Drive in the Northwest Hills area. A store at 4750 Gattis School Road in Hutto is on the way. … There’s a new restaurant at Domain Northside. Look for Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen at 3001 Palm Way.