Nak's Oriental Market to stay open | September 4, 2013 | Almanac | Almanac Online |


News - September 4, 2013

Nak's Oriental Market to stay open

by Jane Knoerle

Good news. Nak's Oriental Market — Menlo Park's last downtown mom-and-pop grocery store — will stay in business.

In the July 12 issue, the Almanac noted the market at 1151 Chestnut St. was struggling to stay open, due to financial troubles and owner Sam Kurose's illness. Their son Ken now reports that his parents, Sam and Ikie, are moving to Nevada this month and he will take over the business.

In a posting on the Almanac's Town Square, Ken Kurose wrote: "Wo! We appreciate you all for your support. My folks will be moving between the 12th and 14th of this month. They bought a house in Sparks, Nev. I will be running the store from then on. Thanks again for all your comments."

According to the July 12 article, after learning of Nak's plight, loyal customers, such as Diane Jordan Wexler, started an email exchange to ask the community to support the market. "Let's visit Nak's and tell our friends to support this special place," Ms. Wexler wrote. "If we each visit the store and send emails to relevant list-serves, it will help this important part of our community's fabric to stay intact."

Nak's current lease ends in December 2014. Until then Ken Kurose said he will work in the store and try to make a profit.

In business for 45 years, Nak's carries a unique selection of Asian and Dutch food products, in addition to choice produce and sushi-grade fish. Ken Kurose is introducing such new items as jackfruit and purple mangosteen not found in local stores, and will continue to provide the Dutch treats, Thai basil, fresh bamboo shoots, kaffir lime leaves, galangal or tofu customers would otherwise have to drive to Mountain View or San Mateo to find.

He vows to keep Nak's the kind of market that harks back to the days when grocers knew you by name and were happy to hurry down the aisles to search for that special item.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


One more week to vote!

Don't forget to cast your Readers' Choice ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of The Almanac.