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Competition heats up among Asian supermarkets

Competition heats up among Asian supermarkets

Lotte Plaza Market is no traditional supermarket. Korean cabbages, Asian pears and Chinese eggplants create a bold palette in the well-stocked produce bins. Dozens of different noodles and soy sauce varieties line one aisle, and the deli offers salted squid and octopus, Vietnamese rice sticks and bean thread rolls. From its Ellicott City store, the grocer has served the growing Korean community and other Asian immigrants for more than a decade, specializing in ethnic foods customers would have trouble finding elsewhere. Two years ago, the Jessup-based chain expanded to Catonsville, taking over a former Toys R Us space just down the road from rival Asian market H Mart. In December, H Mart...