(WINDSOR, ON) – At the end of the month, there will be no International Market at the corner of Wyandotte Street West and Wellington Avenue on the city’s west side. In a few weeks, after 19 years of purveying food, vegetables, and other related items, owner and manager Biet Nguyen will lock the front doors of his emporium for the last time.
The store has been a staple in an area often known as Windsor’s Chinatown. Although the grocery store is stocked with a wealth of imported products, mostly from Asia, Nguyen says its most popular item is fresh picked and shipped oranges.
The store’s fate was sealed when the landlord sold the building. About all that Nguyen knows so far is that the new owner has a plan to complete renovations. What it will turn into after the renos is not yet known.
With shelves stocked with products not often found elsewhere in the city, the Market was a go-to place for shoppers looking for genuine Asian food items. Its closure is the second ending of a food store in the area.
Ade’s Meat Market shuttered its operation on Tecumseh Road West earlier this summer. It also offered a range of imported products, mostly from Europe, and also not readily available in Windsor.
Although the area lost a mainstream merchant with the closure of Price Chopper in 2012, three years later MultiFoods opened to service the area. The grocer also offers a variety of products sourced in various parts of Asia as well as fresh cooked Chinese food available for take-out or eat in.