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Kam Man Market to Open at South Bay in Dorchester


Super88 at South Bay

Do you remember Super88 at South Bay?  Aisles and aisles of packaged food transporting us, the uninitiated, to lands unknown.  Produce - some familiar, some not.  At the back of the store - the aquarium of live seafood ready for the catching.

Super 88, located in South Bay Mall, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

It wasn't until August of 2011 that a Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled that Wincent International, which operates the Kam Man Market in Quincy, could buy the Super 88 site for $2 million.

Super 88


Dorchester Site Appealing


 What was so appealing about the Super 88 site is that it is a ready-built supermarket - no need to start from scratch.  At the same time, the property was not in usable condition. Since the sale, the company has spent nearly $1.5 million to renovate what is described as a badly deteriorated 40,000-square-foot store.

More than that, South Bay has a lot to attract businesses.  It has a mix of national retailers, a private parking lot, and it is in close proximity to both Chinatown and the Vietnamese community, many of whom live along the Dorchester Ave corridor of Dorchester.

Massachusetts' growing Asian population is driving the move toward restoring the "Super 88" store to life.

According to the most recent Census data, Massachusetts Asian population grew over 100,000 in the 10 year time period from 238,124 in 2000 to 349,768 in 2010. In fact the combined Quincy/Dorchester geography with North Dorchester so close to Chinatown creates a sizeable Asian market for upcoming businesses.


Opening Saturday 2/11

The official opening date has changed several times but the latest schedule is Saturday morning, February 11 with Mayor Menino in attendance.

A Chowhound contributor provided an early review:

I only got to browse through produce and meats and a few of the isles. 
  • The produce is not much different than before the change.  In fact the Kam Man store in Quincy has a much better selection.
  • Not a great selection of herbs. 
  • The meat case did have fresh bull testicles with an interesting selection of beef, pork and fish balls.
  • There is a fair selection of Caribbean tonics and products including Auntie May's yellow pepper sauce from Barbados along with the more common Mantouk brand. 
  • No comments yet on the fish since the tanks were not set up.

Kam Man Food Kam Man will feature products similar to the now-closed Super 88, with an array of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese items. If their Quincy store is any model, the new Kam Man in South Bay may include hot prepared meals along with its grocery items.

The South bay shopping center on the Dorchester/Roxbury line is just off the Southeast Expressway between the Mass. Ave. and Columbia Road exits.

The address for this upcoming market at South Bay will be: Kam Man, 101 Allstate Road, Dorchester, MA, 02125.


Quincy Store a Model

Kam Man will feature products similar to the now-closed Super 88, with an array of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese items. If their Quincy store is any model, the new Kam Man in South Bay may include hot prepared meals along with its grocery items.

According to Boston Catalog (a sales and promotion site),

Kam Man Food prides itself on offering the finest Asian food products and providing a clean, safe and convenient shopping experience for all of its customers.

Kam Man Food's incredible selection will help you to stock your freezer with any Asian foods you may be looking for, including meat, produce, noodles, sauces, frozen foods, and a wide selection of traditional herbs and spices.

Despite being a specialty supermarket, you'll find more than everything you're looking for here, as Kam Man Foods features all the sections you'd expect of a modern grocery store, including a bakery, butcher counter / meat department, seafood / fish counter, fresh produce / fruits & vegetables, dry goods, snacks, and more.





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Posted: January 18, 2011     Nancy J Conrad
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