H Mart Plans Expansion Into Former 24 Hour Fitness Space

The popular Korean American grocer will get more ground floor and basement space along with 57 reserved parking spaces.

H Mart in Oceanview Village Shopping Center is preparing to expand into an adjacent commercial space. Anthony Myers/Ingleside Light
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A wider selection of fresh produce, poultry, meats, seafood, ready-to-cook items and more space to shop and dine are in the works for H Mart.

The popular Korean American specialty grocer located at 3995 Alemany Blvd. in the Oceanview Village Shopping Center plans to increase its footprint by expanding into the 27,168-square-foot space next door formerly occupied by 24 Hour Fitness until June of 2020.

The San Francisco Business Times broke the news of the expansion plans. The 5,334-square-feet ground floor space will be used to increase the food court and the 21,834-square-foot basement level will be used for dry products and 57 reserved parking spaces.

A spokesperson for the shopping center said that no estimate for when the work will begin is available.

The supermarket opened in April 2021, joining more than 100 stores across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Economic Development

In August 2018, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development announced the company would sublease a long-vacant, 42,000-square-foot space in the Oceanview Village Shopping Center. It would be the chain’s second Bay Area location.

Albertsons signed a 25-year lease in 2002 for the 42,168-square-foot space, paying $84,336 per month, OEWD emails obtained through a public records request revealed. H Mart subleased the space and invested nearly $10 million in improvements, according to OEWD.

H Mart opening was a victory for neighborhood advocates and local politicians who struggled for five years to find a tenant for the shopping center’s anchor commercial space.

Dessert drink chain 7 Leaves Cafe filed for a Conditional Use Authorization from the Planning Department to open a location in the shopping center. Several other spaces are available for lease.

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