Yaohan, a market/department store chain in the Orient and Costa Rica, has opened its first department store in the United States, along with a market, in Little Tokyo Square on Alameda Street between 3rd and 4th streets.
The opening also marks the first business to open at Little Tokyo Square, the newest shopping, dining and entertainment center in the Japanese area. Tokyo Bowl, with 40 bowling lanes and a coffee shop, lounge and video-game parlor open 24 hours a day is due to open next.
Then the third phase, consisting of shops and restaurants, will open by November. That will complete the three-level, totally enclosed center.
Other Markets in U.S.
Yaohan has two other market locations in the United States--one in Torrance, another in Fresno--but the Little Tokyo operation is its largest, with 40,000 square feet stocked with American and Asian foods. The market occupies the first floor of the Little Tokyo site, and a 40,000-square-foot department store occupies the second floor.