Chai Market (formerly Chai's Oriental Food Store) is a multi-ethnic grocery store located at 2133 7th Avenue South at the corner of 22nd Street South. While Chai Market specializes in Asian imports from Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia; the store also stocks products from other continents for its multi-ethnic clientele.
Chais' was opened in 1973 by Peter Chaiprakob, a Thai-born Chinese-American, along with his wife. The couple earned a reputation for friendly, personal service which has cultivated generations of loyal customers.
In the mid-2000s the store was purchased by Thai-born partners Golf Suchodayon and Kay Sathianphatthanakul who modernized the interior displays and diversified with African and South American products and more fresh produce.
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- Chambers, Jesse (October 27, 2016) "Chai Market marks 40 years of business in Southside" Iron City Ink