The largest Nepali-owned grocery store in the United States is now open, and it’s located in Franklin County.
On Oct. 9, GN International Grocery—located at 859 Windmiller Dr. in Pickerington—held its official grand opening. The massive 25,000 square foot storefront holds groceries from quite literally all around the world, as well as a forthcoming Nepali restaurant and bar.
“Right now, we’re getting products from everywhere we can, and that will continue,” said co-owner Govin Ghimiray. “We’re trying to serve every ethnicity we can.”
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Currently, guests can find a wide variety of produce, snacks, proteins, and more throughout the large Pickerington market. This includes flavors of Lays (such as India’s Magic Masala) that are normally only found in Asia, Nongshim, a brand of North Korean bowl noodles, and Rum Pum, an instant soup billed as “the most popular snack in Nepal.”
The new international grocery will also feature an on-site Nepali and Indian restaurant (a la Saraga International Grocery and the now wildly popular eatery Momo Ghar) called Jhapali Kitchen & Bar.
The spot will feature a variety of authentic dishes, as well as beer and liquor from a number of different Asian countries. Jhapali isn’t open yet, but it should open in November or December.
According to Ghimiray, the new store’s business has vastly exceeded his expectations.
“I really didn’t expect this. I was nervous to open at first, but the City of Pickerington helped us out big time. They wanted this for the community,” he said. “We’re doing more than just trying to make money; we’re trying to connect everyone with food.”
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