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Mega Mart Opens Friday in Gwinnett Place Mall
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DULUTH, Ga. -- A major international corporation is betting that Metro Atlanta's economy will bounce back.

Friday morning, the Korea-based "Mega Mart" will officially open its first U.S. store, and it's in Gwinnett Place Mall.

There is nothing like Mega Mart inside any other Metro Atlanta mall; and Gwinnett Place Mall is hoping that Mega Mart -- filling the old anchor store space once occupied by Macy's prior to its merger with Rich's -- will fill up the mall's empty parking spaces, and keep them filled.

"It's been a long journey to get here over the past couple of years and it feels like Christmas is coming early," said Shelley Korenbrot, Gwinnett Place Mall's director of marketing and business development. "And it fills our fifth anchor, again. So we're very excited about that."

Mega Mart had its "soft opening" Thursday afternoon, in preparation for its official opening Friday at 9:00 a.m. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

It is an international food market, with grocery brands familiar to U.S. shoppers, as well as foods from around the world.

It has fresh produce, piled high in a refrigerated "fresh room;" and freshly-cut meats; a bakery, making baguettes, bagels, mocha buns and other baked goods for sale on the spot; a kitchen making lunch and dinner meals for take out; and small restaurants and delis, including a sushi bar.

And on Mega Mart's second floor there is a clothing store for women, men and children.

Mega Mart has 19 stores in Asia, and the company picked Gwinnett Place Mall for its 20th store, its first U.S. store.

"They chose it mainly because of the demographics in the area, it's very multicultural," Korenbrot said.

And that's the customer base that Mike Choi of Mega Mart hopes to attract -- U.S. and international shoppers looking for bargains in an upscale environment.

"The economy is very tough, as we all know," Choi said Thursday. "But to bring something that is economical to the market place, as well as good prices, the consumer will benefit as well as we benefit."

Gabrielle Moldovan of Duluth -- one of Mega Mart's first customers at Gwinnett Place Mall -- filled her cart with groceries and said she'll come back.

"Exceptional, it's just very, very good."

Choi said if Mega Mart does well at the Gwinnett Place Mall location, the company will move ahead with plans to open ten more stores in the U.S. in the next five years.

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