The Oldest Japanese Grocery Store in USA
Katagiri Brothers Inc. was established in 1907 as the first Japanese grocery store in New York by two brothers who emigrated from Japan. In the early years, there weren’t many Japanese people in New York, so they catered to the local customers with fine imported goods such as coffee and tea in addition to Japanese groceries. They also supplied food and drinks for steamships as a ship chandler and grew their business to boast a wide range of products, from groceries to tableware as well as books and clothes. The store continued to operate throughout the wars, and today Katagiri is cherished by both Japanese locals and New Yorkers as a grocery store that specializes in Japanese food.