|A Chinese Cornucopia|
*From Your North Hills
For North Hills residents who are lovers of all things Asian, a new market is preparing to open next month.
The Oriental Market will be located at 4770 McKnight Road, a former art-supply store in the plaza next to the Red Lobster restaurant.
While the market will offer products from many Asian countries, its selections primarily will be Chinese.
Cindy Liu and her husband, Ke Wu Zhao, of McCandless, are working together to bring the best of the Asia to Pittsburghers.
"The Asian population has grown here," Liu said. "There is no store with this size."
And there's plenty of room for products inside the 6,000-square-foot interior, along with convenient parking outside.
The couple plans to offer vegetables, fruits — fresh and canned — and traditional Asian-style meat. There will be frozen fish, live lobsters and blue and Canadian crabs.
They also will feature all kinds of mushrooms, rice, noodles, seasonings and sauces.
The couple did lots of research on starting a grocery and will bring years of restaurant experience to their new store. They had owned Tokyo Buffet, also on McKnight Road.
Liu was born in China and came to the United States 10 years ago. Her husband arrived 25 years ago.
While cooking is not permitted in the store, Liu plans to put her husband's chef's talents to good use. He might prepare some dishes as samples and then provide recipes to make the meals at home.
"Home-cooked is better than restaurant," Liu said. "It's healthy, and there's more variety."
4770 McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh PA 15237