I stopped in Wednesday to see if Charlotte's new international supermarket, Super G Mart, actually lives up to the name.
Super G Mart actually is pretty super. Super big, at 52,000 square feet. Super clean and well-lit. Super well-stocked, although there are areas of the store that are still coming together, like the bakery.
It was even super friendly, judging from the cashier and the guys in the produce department who tried to help me figure out the difference between the big, green jackfruit and the smaller brown durian. (They're similar, but jackfruit is sweeter and allegedly not as stinky as the famously stinky durian.)
The Greensboro-based company officially opened Monday, so they're still giving away very colorful eco-friendly shopping bags -- mine will proudly join my pile of Trader Joe's and Earth Fare bags.
The store aims for a mix of nationalities. It seems to be about equally divided, product-wise, between Asian, Mexican and American brands and foods. So you can stock up on rice noodles and find canned La Choy chow mein a few aisles over. Not that you'd want to, but still.
The store is at 7323 E. Independence Blvd., where Village Lake Drive comes into U.S. 74 across from Lebo's. Hours are