Shockley; pictures by Boun
of all nationalities attended the Grand Opening of Komart, where
dignitaries and communitiy representives welcomed
Colorado's largest Korean and Japanese supermarket to Aurora (2000
S. Havana St.), the hub of the state's Korean population, numbering
approximately 35,000 residents.
entering the store, everyone enjoyed the ribbon cutting ceremony
beginning with the traditional Korean folk dance and music by
brightly dressed elders.
a local pastor said grace for the store, the
proud President of Komart took the podium and thanked the public
for its involvement in making this opening possible.
Kwak, one the owners, emceed the ceremony and introduced the
Robison represented Colorado Governor Bill Owens, with a congratulatory
message from the State.
Mayor of Aurora John Taur delivered a short speech of encouragement
to the market.
Chairman of the Korean Association of Colorado also gave a speech
after the Korean pledge of allegiance, the Asian elders again
performed the traditional folk dance.
ceremony concluded with the head staff of Komart, representatives
of government and of the Asian community, and the Mayor cutting
the ribbon and allowing the crowd to enter.
Inside the bright building, the eager crowd rushed to tour the
16,000 square-foot market
and sample the Korean and Japanese foods prepared in the food
court (for free of course).
at many Asian markets, Komart customers find ample parking, staff
extraordinarily helpful to all nationalities and all products
labeled in English as well as Korean.
departments featured vast selections, including products hard
to find in the Denver Asian market, notably fragrances such as
Angel and makeup such as Lancome, made possible lilkely by the
owners' New York affiliations.
unusually wide grocery aisles welcomed patrons to shop from the
wide variety of imported foods. Although the seafood department
was not yet fully stocked, its selection looked fresh, as it should
being flown in daily from Fulton Fish Market in New York City.
the produce department is daily stocked from Los Angeles.
"Kitchen Plus" department, owned by Elizabeth Choy,
offered an array of kitchenware, healthfood, and electronics.
the on-site Asian bakery and the Korean and Japanese video department
were both under construction.
are the proud "parents" of the new supermarket. From
left to right the owners are Paul Kwak, from New York; Chang M.
Lee, from Colorado; Gina Kim, from Colorado; Stan J.H. Lee, from
New York; and Mr. and Mrs. Han Shin, from New York.
Aurora store is the first Komart to open in the nation. According
to Paul Kwak, the next Komart will open in Texas followed by stores
in Las Vegas, San Jose, and Illinois.
and the Shins are also owners of the new Korean restaurant San,
meaning "mountain" in Korean, representing Colorado's
landmark. The restaurant is scheduled to open in October, 1999.
are due for the employees who scrambled overnight to transform
the store from chaos to grand-opening readiness.