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Japanese grocer Seiwa Market opened the second location in Torrance, CA and the third in Houston, TX this summer following the Costa Mesa store launch in April 2016 (related story). Torrance is the highly concentrated area of the Japanese population and home to three established Japanese supermarkets: Mitsuwa, Nijiya and Marukai. In Houston, Seiwa is the first and only major grocery store specialized in Japanese food.
The Torrance store occupied the defunct Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market just the same as the Costa Mesa store. The 12,000 square-foot retail is a bit smaller compared to the nearby rivals, offering no food court or fresh sashimi fish. With lower price and wholesale products, this location so far is drawing customers of certain demographics such as Japanese homemakers, but not catering to needs of other crowds, like someone who would want to grab a sushi pack and go.
The Houston store opened its door to public on Aug. 5, 2016, with high expectation and after long waiting since the construction plan had been disclosed early 2015. The 11,000 square-foot store is about the same size with the Torrance and offers a variety of sushi/bento packs and a small eating area. The store is currently taking cash only (as of Aug. 10) and preparing to accept DEBIT/credit cards.