- Business Advocacy
The family run convenience store, Big T Mini Mart, specializes in customer satisfaction and meeting the needs of the Alhambra people. Its soft grand opening took place on May 2 and since then, customers have been coming back for more. Trent Yamauchi, Big T Mini Mart’s owner, says they have,”...a version of an ICEE that no one has around here,” and that it is a customer favorite; the store also holds a 12 selection soda fountain and basic groceries for it’s customers convenience. Yamauchi is a fellow Alhambran who has lived here for more than 20 years and knows what the Alhambra public wants with three times the selection of any other convenience store in the area.
Cali Mart (????), which opened November 2010, is an Asian market with an emphasis on fresh produce, spices, and a seafood section so lively you could stick your hand into a bin of moving crabs or snapping turtles. Previously a Lucky�s supermarket, Cali Mart is the type of market where American brands are the minority. The shelves are stacked with juxtapositions: a container of Yoplait yogurt next to a packet of dried shrimp, dried bamboo shoots next to bananas and oranges. There are aisles of sweet and bitter juices, cans of wax gourd drink and Wang Wang milk drink. Large purchases get you a free bag of rice � who can ask for more in this economy?
Sprouts is an American chain of healthy grocery stores with more than 220 locations from coast to coast. Sprouts stores are approximately 30,000 square feet, smaller than a typical conventional supermarket.