99 Ranch sets opening date for its first mall

In two weeks, an unusual new anchor tenant will join Macy’s, Target and Century Theaters at South San Jose’s Oakridge Mall.

It’s a grocery store.

99 Ranch Market, the country’s largest Asian grocery chain, will unveil its “new concept” store to customers at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, March 26.

This 99 Ranch will be the chain’s first location inside a mall, offering customers “unparalleled convenience,” said Teddy Chow, NorCal’s group vice president. Company officials expected the store, announced last April, to open in late summer, but the date has been pushed back.

It is billed as both a supermarket and a dining destination, with improved in-store and take-out options, and will feature a new interior design and services such as curbside pickup.

“Customers can expect to enjoy a grill section with a delicious selection of grilled meats and cuisines, including the best-selling, Hong Kong-style barbecue,” the company said in a statement. “The noodle section offers a wide selection of noodles and soup-based congees, and the dim sum section is perfect for those looking for traditional handmade dumplings, buns and steamed favorites or baked goods, such as rice noodle rolls, steamed pork ribs, and baked pork puffs.

The grocery store’s move to one of the Bay Area’s major regional malls reflects the changing retail landscape. Even before the pandemic, Oakridge had announced plans to expand its offerings with non-traditional tenants.

The South San Jose supermarket will be the Taiwanese-American chain’s 56th US store. CEO Roger H. Chen founded 99 Ranch in Orange County in 1984, and the headquarters remain there. Northern California’s first store is the one located at Pacific Rim Plaza on Hostetter Road in North San Jose; this one opened in 1991.

Details: The first 200 customers on March 22 and 26 will receive gift bags. 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. www.99ranch.com


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Peggy P. Gilmore