By Mary ‘Molly’ Finn
H Mart in Central Square, Cambridge, held a grand opening on April 23. The line formed out the door before the ribbon cutting, stretching a block. H Mart is a chain of Asian supermarkets present in 11 states. The store offers a range of Asian groceries and cuisine. Additionally, the food court has a café, pastry shop, ramen bar and hot curry shop.
The opening ceremony attracted Cambridge city officials, H Mart management and a live band, which marched through the aisles.
Cambridge City Mayor David Maher said the opening of H Mart provided 100 new jobs for the community.
Patrons enjoyed samples throughout the store in its first hours.
The Cambridge supermarket at 581 Massachusetts Avenue is the second of two locations in Massachusetts, with the first location in Burlington. Store hours are between 7 a.m. and 12 a.m.