International supermarket City Farmers Market to open on Buford Highway in Chamblee

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Credit: Ligaya Figueras

Credit: Ligaya Figueras

Buford Highway has long been a mecca for international dining. Now, it’s about to become a destination for shoppers in search of a global food selection. City Farmers Market, an international supermarket, is opening doors at 5000 Buford Highway in Chamblee.

The 75,000-square-foot supermarket will be stocked with an extensive selection of produce, meat and seafood, prepared foods and other goods from around the world. The store also holds space for three or four retail shops. Hispanic bakery Squisito will take up one such slot and plans are in the works for other tenants, including a mobile phone retailer. Though not located within the supermarket proper, restaurants Tofu Factory, Big Wong BBQ and Wow Pho will take up residence in newly constructed space that was added to the building's footprint.

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Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

City Farmers Market makes its home in what was formerly the Buford Highway Flea Market. City Farmers Market owner Ben Vo renovated the space and added another 12,000 square feet to the existing structure. The project took nearly two years, said Vo, a 40-year veteran of the commercial real estate and grocery store management industry who also owns and operates Hong Kong Supermarket in Norcross. “For twenty years, this particular spot on Buford Highway has been my dream location to open an international supermarket,” Vo said. “I’m very happy to be able to finally present City Farmers Market to serve the community.”

City Farmers Market will open doors to the public beginning Sat., Oct. 10, and will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. As part of its grand opening Oct. 10, there will be food demonstrations, a DJ and a mariachi band (from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) and free and discounted items. Children can enjoy complimentary popcorn, balloons, face painting and a bounce house.

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