Mitsuwa Marketplace

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Mitsuwa Marketplace
IndustryRetail, Food court
Founded1998; 21 years ago (1998) in San Jose, California[1]
HeadquartersTorrance, California
Number of locations
Area served
New Jersey
ProductsJapanese cuisine
ParentWanoba Group Inc.[2]

Mitsuwa Marketplace (ミツワマーケットプレイス, Mitsuwa Mākettopureisu) is a Japanese supermarket chain in America, with locations in California, Illinois, Texas, Hawaii and New Jersey.

Store locations[edit]


Mitsuwa's Irvine location opened in 2011.
Inside the Torrance location. The grocery store is to the left, the main food court upper right, and specialty stores selling books and videos lower right.

Mitsuwa has seven stores in three metropolitan areas in California:

San Francisco Bay Area
Los Angeles area
San Diego area

The Los Angeles location of Mitsuwa Marketplace in the Little Tokyo neighborhood closed in 2009.[3]


Honolulu area

The two-floor Honolulu store is located in the International Market Place in Waikiki, Honolulu.[4]


Dallas/Fort Worth area

Mitsuwa entered the Dallas/Fort Worth area with a store in Plano, an upper-middle-class northern suburb of Dallas. The store, which opened in the spring of 2017, is near North Central Expressway and Legacy Drive.[5][6]

Chicago metropolitan area[edit]

The Chicago-area store is at 100 E. Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois — part of a number of Japanese businesses in Arlington Heights — and opened in 1991. The store is open 365 days a year[7] from 9 am to 8 pm. Mitsuwa is the largest[citation needed] Japanese marketplace in the Midwestern US. The Chicago store is one of two that are east of the Rockies. This Mitsuwa location, like those in other states, was formerly known as Yaohan.

The food court has many traditional foods, such as sushi, tempura, noodles, etc. It is made of the Otafuku-tei (now replaced by Gabutto Burger), Kayaba, Santouka Ramen, Releaf Matcha, Jockey Express, Daikichi Sushi, Pastry House Hippo, and Mama House restaurants. Mitsuwa hosts the JTB travel agency. There are two entertainment shops in Mitsuwa Chicago, JBC Video, a Japanese video rental store, and Kinokuniya, a Japanese book shop. A cell phone store, Galaxy Wireless, is at the Chicago Mitsuwa.

Mitsuwa Chicago had a china store called 'Utsuwa no Yakata'. This store closed on April 1, 2006. Kinokuniya bookstore, which had expanded into the area previously owned by a china store, has been replaced by SanSeiDo.

The location has two personal care shops, Shiseido, a Japanese cosmetics store, and Super Health, a vitamin and other health supplement store.

New Jersey[edit]

Mitsuwa New Jersey Store

The Edgewater, New Jersey store is located on 595 River Road. It has a food court, a bookstore owned by Kinokuniya, a gift shop selling Bape clothing and golf clubs, a video store that carries DVDs and Laserdiscs of movies and a store selling Japanese ceramics and denki-gama, making Mitsuwa more of a mini-mall than a traditional supermarket. It is a small taste of what current Japanese multi-story malls, or subway stations, are like.

The supermarket section sells fresh produce and certified Angus beef, as well as Japanese drinks and snacks such as Yakult, Calpis, Ramune, Ikechi Shrimp Chips, Pocari Sweat, Pocky, Pretz, and Japanese liquor such as Sake and Shōchū.

The Books Kinokuniya bookstore section sells Japanese music CDs, novels, job applications, children's books, manga, and imported magazines (including dozens of Japanese fashion magazines) such as Weekly Shonen Jump and Disney Fan.

There is also a kiosk that sells Ito En tea and Minamoto Kitchoan that sells Japanese sweets such as manju, mochi, and Inja.

The New Jersey location used to run an exclusive shuttle bus between the store and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The bus transported Mitsuwa customers for a nominal fee and it did not make any stops along its route. The service was terminated December 31, 2014.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mitsuwa Marketplace Celebrates "Rising Tohoku Fair in LA" with Delicious Regional Foods, Cultural Performances, Craft Workshops and Mascots' Meet and Greet". August 31, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mitsuwa Acquired By Sendai-based Kamei Corp". January 7, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Amter, Charlie (26 Jan 2009). "The end of an era: Mitsuwa Marketplace in Little Tokyo now closed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Largest Japanese supermarket chain opened first store in Waikiki Monday". June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Japanese grocery giant Mitsuwa sets opening date in Plano | Retail | Dallas News". Dallas News. 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  6. ^ "Japanese Grocery Wonderland Mitsuwa Marketplace Arrives in Plano". Eater Dallas. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  7. ^ Mitsuwa Marketplace Chicago – About
  8. ^ [1]

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