Columbus’ growing diversity reflected in store’s colorful offerings
A grocery store doesn’t typically come to mind when thinking of adventuresome destinations for families in Columbus. But Saraga International Grocery in a former Toys “R” Us along Morse Road isn’t your typical grocery store.
Stepping into the 40,000 square-foot store feels like entering another country. The aisles are lined with fascinating foods and produce from all over the world, especially Asia. Shoppers are just as diverse, speaking multiple languages as they fill their carts and order fresh fish from the pungent seafood counter.
The Saraga chain, with three stores in Indiana and Ohio, was founded by Korean brothers, Jong Sung and Bong Sung, in Bloomington, Ind., in 1994. The Columbus location opened in 2013, meeting Columbus’ growing diverse population.
“We recognized that America was becoming a multicultural and multiracial community where diverse people from Asia, Europe, South America and Africa lived together,” say the Sung brothers on their website, saragafood.com. “So, we decided to establish an international grocery store to accommodate the lives of these people.”
The fast rising star of Saraga is Momo Ghar, a tiny Nepali and Tibetan restaurant located inside the grocery store that specializes in dumplings called momos. International accolades include being named one of Yelp’s top 100 places to eat in the United States and being featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with host and Columbus native, Guy Fieri.
Saraga International Grocery is located at 1265 Morse Rd. Learn more at saragafood.com.