Asian grocery store giant Sungiven Foods has officially opened its new South Burnaby location as it continues to expand its footprint.
The company, which already operates a popular store on Hastings Street in Burnaby Heights, opened a new location in the Big Bend area at 5771 Marine Way.
The new South Burnaby location will be even bigger than the 6,300 square feet of space it occupies at Hastings and Gilmore. Sungiven has also based its headquarters in Burnaby and two stores in Vancouver.
Sungiven recently expanded into North Vancouver and has plans for a south Surrey location. The NOW has reached out to Sungiven about if it's interested in the space that will become vacant soon as SuperValu at the base of Burnaby Mountain closes down, but has not received a response.
Terence Fong, Sungiven’s senior vice-president for Canada, previously told the NOW that the company’s name has to do with the sun giving so much nutrition to many of the items the chain sells to customers.
“We want to be more natural,” Fong says. “We offer healthy daily meals that are less processed and at a reasonable price.”
Sungiven is taking on the T&T chain of stores – the company has a store at Metrotown. North Burnaby was chosen because the company surveyed residents who said they have to travel all the way to South Burnaby to find the specialty ingredients they crave, Fong said.
“We got a lot of feedback from the community about this,” Fong said.
The North Burnaby store features everything you would expect to find at your favourite market, including specialty items and hot foods, alongside daily fresh bakery items, seafood and meats. They will also serve customers the company’s range of high-quality health-conscious private brand products.
Sungiven has deep roots already in Burnaby. The company’s headquarters and R&D facility are in South Burnaby on Marine Way.
The company’s founders also came up with the concept while living and going to school in North Burnaby in 2004. They took the concept back to China and opened more than 100 stores there before coming back to Metro Vancouver to open new stores. Plans are also in development to open up to 10 to 15 additional locations in Metro Vancouver in the future.
“We know it is not just what you buy that matters, but who you buy it from,” says Sungiven Foods co-founder Kathy Su. “Our goal is to become the friendly family-orientated grocery store for people across the Lower Mainland. That is why instead of opening a big box store, we are building locations across Metro Vancouver so that we can be a part of the communities that we are serving.
“We have spent a lot of time in Vancouver and have always been inspired by the city’s approach to food. High-quality, healthy, all-natural ingredients are prized on the West Coast and we decided to incorporate that philosophy into our stores. Now we are looking forward to sharing our community-driven Asian grocery store concept with the people and places that helped to inspire it."