NEW CON­VE­NIENCE STORE

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com re­porter

TROY, N.Y. >> A new kind of store is now open in down­town Troy with the ad­di­tion of Kim’s Con­ve­nience.

“We call it an Asian bodega,” said owner Ji­nah Kim, who runs nearby restau­rant Sun­hee’s Farm and Kitchen too.

Like any con­ve­nience store, Kim’s Con­ve­nience sells gen­eral ev­ery­day items like milk, eggs, and toi­let pa­per - but it also has a va­ri­ety of Asian goods rang­ing from pack­aged snack items and bulk Asian gro­cery to kim­chi from Sun­hee’s, Korean spe­cialty side dishes (aka ban­chan) on-the-go, fresh pro­duce in part­ner­ship with lo­cal non­profit Cap­i­tal Roots, along with cute Asian sta­tionery and spe­cialty gift items.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Kim’s fa­ther runs a jew­elry re­pair op­er­a­tion from the store, and a restau­rant called Quang’s Viet­namese Bistro is open­ing next month in the back of the shop.

“It’s re­ally a con­glom­er­a­tion of dif­fer­ent things,” said Kim, who calls it a re­tail sis­ter mar­ket of Sun­hee’s Farm and Kitchen.

A grand open­ing party is sched­uled for 5 to 9 p.m. on Fri­day at the 88 Third St. busi­ness, with an after party also planned. The event will in­clude com­pli­men­tary food by Sun­hee’s Farm and Kitchen and KPlate Korean BBQ as well as games, prizes, give­aways, and a cash bar.

“It’s just go­ing to be a fun, ca­sual time,” said Kim, who re­cently pur­chased some in­flat­able sumo suits for the oc­ca­sion.

“This was a fun project for me,” Kim said, adding that she sees it as a nice lit­tle ex­ten­sion of Sun­hee’s.

While her other busi­ness draws a cer­tain crowd, Kim’s Con­ve­nience at­tracts a di­verse clien­tele. “I see dif­fer­ent cus­tomers and dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple com­ing in and I love that,” Kim said. “Whether it’s just to buy socks or to use the ATM, I want to be able to pro­vide a ser­vice for every­one.”

In stock­ing the store, Kim aims to of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of goods and ser­vices. “We want to catch ev­ery in­come level from low end to higher end,” she said.

Fol­low­ing its grand open­ing on Fri­day, Kim’s Con­ve­nience plans to have a joint rib­bon- cut­ting cer­e­mony with Quang’s Viet­namese Bistro in the fu­ture.

“For me, I think this col­lab­o­ra­tion is so won­der­ful and the tim­ing was re­ally per­fect,” Kim said of the part­ner­ship with Quang Tran of Quang’s Viet­namese Bistro. “This is a nice ser­vice that we can of­fer to the com­mu­nity.”

Kim also sees the mar­ket and in-house bistro as a way to con­tinue her mis­sion of shar­ing Asian cul­ture through food.

Kim’s Con­ve­nience is cur­rently open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m on Fri­day and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Satur­day. These hours are ex­pected to ex­pand in the fu­ture.

BY LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN LHAL­LI­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Kim’s Con­ve­nience lo­cated at 88Third St. in down­town Troy.

BY LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN LHAL­LI­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

A va­ri­ety of Asian food items are avail­able for sale at the new Kim’s Con­ve­nience store in down­town Troy.

BY LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN LHAL­LI­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Kim’s Con­ve­nience is the new­est re­tail sis­ter mar­ket of Sun­hee’s Farm and Kitchen.

BY LAU­REN HAL­LI­GAN LHAL­LI­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Kim’s Con­ve­nience owner Ji­nah Kim, left, helps a cus­tomer at the new re­tail store.

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