CAM International Market, a staple for central Ohio’s Asian grocery-store shoppers, is relocating to the Hilliard portion of the Mill Run development.
CAM, which closed May 7 in the Olentangy Plaza shopping center at 899 Bethel Road, will triple in size when it moves to the building formerly occupied by ITT Technical Institute at 3781 Park Mill Run Drive. ITT vacated the building last September when officials closed 130 campuses nationwide.
“The reason we are moving is because people want more items, more stuff, so we need to move to a bigger store,” said Yu Cheng Lai, store manager.
The market, which has been in operation for nearly 20 years, had been in its 19,000-square-foot space at 899 Bethel Road, for three years. Prior to that, it was in a smaller storefront in the Olentangy Plaza.
Lai said the new store, set to open in September, will offer a fresh, cleaner look and will feature a wider selection of groceries, as well as items for which CAM has become known, such as hot- and bubble-tea stations and prepared foods, Lai said.
Chinyin Shish, senior program manager for Asian American Community Services in northwest Columbus, said she was a regular customer at CAM while she was attending Ohio State University, even though there were Asian markets closer to campus.
“I know they have a lot of customers there who are students,” she said. “I think (the move is) definitely going to have some impact on their customers.”
CAM had a highly visible location on the west side of the Olentangy Plaza in an area of central Ohio known for its diversity of Asian restaurants.
Other competing ethnic grocery stores, such as Sunrise Asian Super Market on Henderson Road, were nearby.
The move to Mill Run will bring a little more diversity to the retail center on the outskirts of Hilliard.
Libby Gierach, executive director of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, said she welcomes CAM, a store she believes will bring different items to the rea.
“We’re excited about them coming to Hilliard and we look forward to a long, thriving relationship,” Gierach said.
The market, which is headquartered in Columbus, is one of three CAM stores in Ohio. The others are in Cleveland and Cincinnati.