Filipino-American grocery chain Island Pacific Supermarket, based in Walnut, Calif., has recently opened its 19th location in the San Fernando Valley.
The retailer celebrated the new location’s grand opening on Aug. 11 with a dance party and live music performances by Filipino artists.
“Island Pacific Granada Hills offers a wide selection of fresh seafood, meat, produce, and specialty items from the Philippines and other Asian countries, as well as a range of non-food items like cookware, apparel, and beauty products,” the company said. “It is more than just a grocery store; it is a place where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and flavors of the Philippines and experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.”
Island Pacific said the new Granada Hills location is similar to its Lake Forest location in that it celebrates and promotes Filipino culture and language. Translations of various food items in Baybayin, an ancient script used in the Philippines before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers, are featured across the store on signs created by artist Krystian Kabuay, the leading expert on pre-Philippine script, according to the company.
“Seeing it displayed on store shelves and signs is a powerful reminder of the country’s rich history and heritage,” the company said. “This feature sets Island Pacific apart from other grocery stores, making it a must-visit destination for Filipinos and those who want to learn more about their culture. A mural created by local Filipino Long Beach artist Bodeck Luna is also a must-see attraction.”
Island Pacific said the store will also have events such as cooking demonstrations, food tastings, art exhibits, cultural workshops and instore promotions for Bonus Reward Members to ensure there is always something exciting coming up on the calendar.
Instore dining options at Island Pacific Granada Hills include brands like Max Fried Chicken, Crab Mentality, San Honore Bakery and PhilHouse.
This article is an excerpt from the September 2023 issue of Supermarket Perimeter. You can read the entire Global Cuisine feature and more in the digital edition here.