Dublin city spokesperson Shari Jackman told the Weekly that the project is currently in a pre-application phase. After filing a formal application, the project would be the subject of at least three public hearings at Planning Commission meetings ahead of a vote on approval, but she noted that it could move forward quickly after entering the formal application phase.
"They expect that the formal process could be very quick, just because they will have dealt with any of the issues that arise," Jackman said.
The site being eyed for the grocery store's Dublin location is the largest at the shopping center, which currently hosts several retail stores including Marshalls and Ross Dress for Less, as well as Half Price Books.
Officials at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce first announced that H Mart was planning to come to Dublin in October 2021.
H Mart made its Bay Area debut in 2017 with two stores in San Jose, before branching out to San Francisco in 2021, with that store having recently expanded.
"We have always supported the development of new communities with each grand opening," H Mart founder Il Yeon Kwon said on the company's website. "In doing so, we continue to do our best to establish ourselves as a company that reaches out with a helping hand."
"As we expand, we like to think that we are reinventing the way people eat through our robust and unique food culture that also promotes a rich and healthy lifestyle to all," he continued. "Our food is our pride, and through its quality we will do our absolute best to maintain our continuous movement towards providing our customers with the joy that comes from it."
H Mart has garnered a reputation as one of the earliest Asian grocery chains to become popular and expand throughout the United States.
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