By Sara Beth Williams–
Rangoon Grocery Shop is now open for business at the corner of Old Auburn Road and Sunrise Boulevard, in the same parking lot as Safe Credit Union.
Brightly lit isles in the store primarily feature Asian food items, but also include items seen in a typical grocery store like Gatorade, milk, fresh vegetables, candy, and soda. Canned bubble tea, coffee, and an energy drink from Myanmar are also available from a refrigerated section.
Shwe Ou, sister to store owner Popo Oo, said the store opened for business on March 5, and noted the business was busy on the first day. Items stocked include Burmese, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and other products, along with some American food items.
Master Donuts owner, Dee Cheak said in an interview on Tuesday that she was “really excited” about the opening of the grocery shop in the same plaza as her donut store.
“I’ve come three times already in two days,” Cheak said, adding that the food is high quality. Cheak, who is Cambodian, said she used to have to drive to Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento to find other Asian market products.
Ou said all the employees of Rangoon Grocery Shop are family members. She said her family received advice from other Burmese friends and family who own other businesses in and out of state, and added that she would like to expand the grocery shop to more locations.
The location at 7601 Sunrise Blvd. was formerly home to the Citrus Mart convenience store, which shuttered during the pandemic. Along with Master Donuts, the shopping plaza is home to a coffee drive-thru, barber shop, and graphics printing shop, with Dollar N’ More as the most recent addition.
Rangoon Grocery shop is currently open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.