Changing Face of South Seattle: Goodbye Viet-Wah

Changing Face of South Seattle: Goodbye Viet-Wah

Better stop what you’re doing and head down to Viet-Wah Superfoods to stock up on seaweed, moon cakes, fresh squid and more, because the beloved Asian market is closing after 15 years in Southeast Seattle.

“As of the end of the day on Sunday, August 9, 2015, Viet Wah Superfoods will be closed for business at 6040 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.” says a message on the store’s Facebook page.

“It has been a privilege serving this community for the past 15 years. Thank you for making Viet Wah Superfoods part of your life, whether you shopped here a few times a week or a few times a year.”

The company’s two other stores, Viet Wah Asian Food Market in Renton and Viet-Wah Supermarket in Seattle’s International District, will remain open.

According to Viet-Wah’s website, the store opened in 1981 when founder Duc Tran — a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee who arrived to America with nothing more than a pair of jeans and $10 in his pocket — opened the tiny grocery in hopes of serving the growing Chinese-Vietnamese population.

The store manager did not respond to requests for comment.

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