Menlo Park: Crowdfunding tries to save Nak's market


A crowdfunding campaign has kicked off to rescue Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park. The market, which has been open for nearly 47 years, carries a combination of Asian and Dutch products, in addition to produce and sushi-grade fish.

Rent hikes and competition from big grocery stores have made operations difficult for the small business at 1151 Chestnut St. even before owner Sam Kurose turned the business over to his son, Ken, in 2013.

The son is now facing the possibility of shutting Nak's down and shifting to online sales and home delivery, according to the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site.

Go to the crowdfunding website for more information.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

I've loved Naks and have for years. Sam and his wife ran a great little shop and I'm sure it was hard with all the bigger/new competition over the years. Having said that, since Sam retired it just hasn't been the same in terms of service or quality in my mind. I wish it can succeed and continue, but I don't necessarily agree with propping up a business for nostalgia sake.

This local gem has become more crack and chipped. Maybe with some polish I'd be willing to help display it again.

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Posted by save a gem
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Let's help save this gem. We can patronize more often, raise funds, and provide constructive feedback to the son who might appreciate advice.

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Posted by Not So Fast
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 1, 2015 at 4:34 pm

First, after visiting Nak's a few weeks ago, I was disappointed. It's simply not the same. It wasn't clean. The inventory was spotty and unappealing. The current operator apparently doesn't have the passion or vision to make this place work. Moreover, the formula that worked in the past may not work today. The local specialty grocers such as Draeger's carry much of the same things. The Internet fills the gap for the high cost, low turn over items. They should have gone out "on top" rather than let this "gem" rot.

Second, IndieGoGo is a terrible crowd funding site. It is rife with fraud. They do no meaningful checking for the fundraisers. When they find a campaign is fraudulent, they let it run anyway and refuse to refund any money. They say it is between with the fundraisers and the contributors. They only use their "good name" to facilitate the transaction. Even eBay protects consumers against fraud in the interest of protecting their identity. Not so with IndiGoGo. Proceed with caution.

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Posted by save a gem
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Apr 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

@not so fast - that's why i suggested providing constructive feedback to the current owner. I do not find the same things at other stores, and especially not so conveniently on shelves or freezer and refrigerator.

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