An Asian supermarket chain with more than 97 stores across the nation is planning to make its Florida debut in Orlando.
If a development plan submitted to Orange County Thursday is approved, New Jersey-based H Mart would move into an empty 120,000 square-foot retail building at 7501 W Colonial Dr. that was formerly a Super Target. Most recently, the 25.10-acre site was occupied by private school Winners Primary School.
An entity affiliated with H Mart, lyk Orlando LLC, purchased the property in 2021 for $9.6 million.
The company’s corporate office did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment.
Plans call for the developer to “modify the existing building into an H-Mart, food hall, and sub-tenant spaces.”
Since its start as a single store in Woodside, Queens, H Mart has grown into the largest Asian supermarket chain in America, according to its website.
H Mart offers a full line of Asian foods and everyday essentials as well as a broad range of Western groceries to complement its full scale offering to that of a traditional supermarket. H Mart also offers food halls, allowing guests to dine inside the stores.
H Mart is recognized as one of the fastest growing retailers in the National Retail Federation’s HOT 100 Retailers and Supermarket News has listed H Mart as one of the top 50 small Chains and Independents in the United States & Canada, the website says.
The property, near the intersection of N. Apopka Vineland Road, is surrounded by shopping plazas and multi-family housing.
The 35-tenant Highland Lake Center abuts the property to the east while the 23-tenant West Colonial Oaks shopping center sits across the street. To the north is the 254 unit Woodbridge Apartments and the 450-unit Woodhill Apartments.
The application to Orange County was filed on behalf of national firm Little Diversified Architectural Consultants, which has an office in Orlando.
Site plans submitted to Orange County were drafted by Orlando-based civil engineering firm, KPM Franklin.