In two weeks, an unusual new anchor tenant will join Macy’s, Target and the Century Theatres at South San Jose’s Oakridge Mall.
It’s a grocery store.
The 99 Ranch Market company, the nation’s largest Asian grocery chain, will unveil its “new concept” store to customers at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 22. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.
This 99 Ranch will be the chain’s first location inside a mall, giving customers “unparalleled convenience,” said Teddy Chow, NorCal vice president for the group. Company officials had expected the store, announced last April, to open by late summer but the date was pushed back.
It’s being touted as both a supermarket and a dining destination, with enhanced in-store and takeout options, and will feature a new interior design and services such as curbside pickup.
“Guests can expect to enjoy a barbecued food section with a delicious selection of grilled meat and cuisines, including the best-seller, Hong Kong-style barbecue,” the company said in a statement. “The noodle section offers a wide choice of soup-based noodle and congees, and the dim sum section is perfect for those craving traditional hand-made dumplings, buns and steamed or baked favorites, like rice noodle rolls, steamed pork ribs and baked pork puffs.”
The grocery’s move into one of the Bay Area’s big regional malls reflects the changing retail landscape. Even before the pandemic, Oakridge had announced plans to broaden its offerings with non-traditional tenants.
The South San Jose supermarket will be the 56th U.S. store in the Taiwanese-American chain. CEO Roger H. Chen founded 99 Ranch in Orange County in 1984, and the headquarters office remains there. The first Northern California store is the one located in the Pacific Rim Plaza on Hostetter Road in North San Jose; that one opened in 1991.
Details: The first 200 customers on both March 22 and 26 will receive swag bags. 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. www.99ranch.com