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LottePlaza coming to Ashburn

Discussion in 'Area Restaurants, Dining and Food' started by lauralynne, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. lauralynne

    lauralynne Member

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    Coming to the old Bloom location at the intersection of Farmwell Rd and Ashburn Village Blvd ... www.lotteplaza.com

    From the website:
    Every Korean people visiting or residing in America might remember ‘ASSI’ brand. Our beloved LOTTE,ASSI Plaza aspire to be the joy giving stores since 1976 to valued customers. We headquartered in Maryland and California, and branched in Korea, Japan, and China to produce the fresh food and food materials with second to none global purchasing network and modern logistics system. Our dedicated 2,000 employees never stop working throughout the year for comfortable shopping, secure products with 10,000 items Asian food, more diversified than home country.
    We believe that our dedication to our customers and our business partners is our first and only goal. This belief drives everyone in our company to maximize customer satisfaction and to improve continuously our relationship with our customers. This is our promise.

     
  2. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    laurellynn, do you know when the Grand Opening is? I rarely get over there.
     
  3. lilpea

    lilpea Member

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    I am so happy that Loudoun is finally getting a Lotte and super happy it's coming to Ashburn. I was getting sick of driving to Gallowsor Fairfax City.

    IMHO: Lotte has the best selection & superior quality of produce and seafood. Don't get me wrong Global or Grand Mart is okay in a pinch, but their quality is no where near close to Lotte, especially for fruit.

    I think I read on their website, the Ashburn Grand Opening is in Late Sept.
     
  4. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    The wifey is gonna LOVE this as it was a pain in the arse to drive all the way out to Chantilly/Fairfax to get Asian food!


     
  5. Pluto

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    good......also expect lot of traffic around that area, especially weekends.
     
  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    I haven't been to the old Bloom location in almost 8 years. I don't recall it being really big. I'm curious to see how different it will be in regards to their Chantilly location which is HUGE. Either way, glad they'll be close to us now!
     
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    Love LOTTE PLaza.. Glad . I am looking forward to the Grand Opening.. when will it be?? next 2 weeks?? then I wll try to empty my Ref. .
     
  8. dbrow

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    What's the difference between this franchise and Global Foods in Ashburn Farms?
     
  9. Brit

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    I hear Lotte smells better for a start!
     
  10. Jablamu

    Jablamu New Member

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    Excited over this news! Any more info on an opening date?
     
  11. mikec

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    I thought I read in the Ashburn Today that it was opening some time in Oct.
     
  12. Villager

    Villager Ashburn Village Resident

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    Grand opening on October 12.
     
  13. PowerPlay

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    Can't wait.
     
  14. your_baby_momma

    your_baby_momma New Member

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    I am excited too.
    I am more than happy to go to Global Foods, but there's something to be said about a "nice" Asian market.
    I hope it's like the one in Chantilly. I always call it the Wegmans of Asian markets.
    We are so spoiled with all of the nice grocery stores that I feel kind of snobby when I go into one that's not as bright and shiny and then subsequently dislike it. I'm hoping that if I keep that to myself and don't say it out loud it doesn't make me a stereotypical NOVA person lol!!!
    Thing is though, when a store is put together well and it presents itself as welcoming, that makes all the difference in the world. That's kind of the feel you get at the Lotte in Chantilly.
    Can't wait!!
    I hope wasabi peas are on sale. ;)
     
  15. PDILLM

    PDILLM Well-Known Member

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    I went today and was a little bit crazy...but should calm down in a few days. Funniest thing was the parking lot at the entire center was packed.....haven't seen that in years! I think they are going to do a brisk business and should do very well in our area......
     
  16. your_baby_momma

    your_baby_momma New Member

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    We went a couple of days ago and noticed a packed parking lot too! So nice to see. Still plenty of parking though.
    I kind of had to rush through because my kids don't like going to Asian markets (but seem to really like yan yan lol).
    Some things of note--
    Red Delicious apples .79/lb
    big container of blackberries .99
    regular strawberries container .79
    pineapples .99

    Interesting things--they have "fresh" pistachios. They are almost like coconuts where there's a skin that needs to be peeled off.
    Nice fish area with lots of different kinds of shrimp. There was a pink kind that was something like 4.99/lb and they were large, but they kind of looked off or dry or something.
    Champagne grapes which were neat; very small.
    A few different types of plums that I'd never seen.
    Lots of different kinds of fruits and vegetables and it all looked good. I hope it stays that way!

    I was disappointed in the bakery. I like Chinese sponge cake and they had none. However not many Asian markets do. They have a bakery display case with cake and a few other kinds of pastries but not much.
    Lotte Plaza in Chantilly has fresh donuts which would have been cool but oh well!! Also no eatery.

    I've never really browsed the tofu section of an Asian market, but I did not see any extra/super firm tofu. Only soft, silken, and firm. I recently found that Trader Joes sells an extra super firm tofu in a tightly sealed package and I love that because you don't really need to drain it if you're going to use it in a stir fry type of a dish where you want the tofu somewhat dry/firm. But--the prices were extremely reasonable.

    Didn't look too closely at the meat, but seemed priced close to what other Asian markets sell for. They do have chicken breath which I've never seen before ;o)

    I don't know how long the cheap pineapple/blackberries will last so get out there before the week is over!!!
     
  17. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this information. The price for the berries is ridiculously low...and to think I pay almost $3 more for organic :blush:
     
  18. wahoogeek

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    just curious as to the country of origin for the berries....
     
  19. your_baby_momma

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    I might just be naive, but I didn't think we imported things like blackberries from other countries? Bananas, yeah... Berries? Perhaps! That would be interesting! Although if so, why so cheap?
    They're huge too! Pretty good. I've had sweeter but they still have a good flavor and I'll go back for more.
    My "rule" is that I don't pay more than $2 for berries, mostly because you want to always buy more than one (one is never enough). I feel like I got $12 worth of berries!
     
  20. your_baby_momma

    your_baby_momma New Member

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    And why is no one ever happy at Asian markets! I'm like THRILLED every single time and everyone else is all "meh". Is it just me!?
     

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