H Mart coming to 3rd Avenue in base of NYU's Alumni Hall

H Mart, an Asian-American supermarket chain based in Lyndhurst, N.J., is opening an outpost on Third Avenue at Ninth Street in the long-vacant retail space of NYU’s Alumni Hall. (H/T Upper West Sider!)

Signage arrived this week in the front window of the former Birdbath space and Citi Habitats office next door. (Both of these businesses left in the summer of 2014, and have sat empty ever since.)

Based on the work permits filed with the DOB, the market will encompass at least 3,800 square feet.

Not sure how much space that means along these empty storefronts…

Most of these spaces have been vacant now three to four years.

When M2M closed on Third Avenue and 11th Street in February 2017, the owners of the Asian market posted signs that they’d be opening a new outpost in the former Birdbath space. (Those plans obviously never materialized.)

As for H Mart, this will be the third location in Manhattan (the others are on West 32nd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side). Overall H Mart has more than 70 outposts in the United States and Canada.

I’m familiar with the store, though I’ve never been inside one… if anyone wants to chime in about H Mart in the comments.

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