A new specialty grocery store has opened in the heart of Mountlake Terrace.
Paradise Market welcomed its first customers late Friday afternoon. The store offers a wide range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, sweets and even clothing.
Mohammed Yusuf, a longtime resident of Brier, co-owns the store with his friend Ikbar. The location of the store was ideal for a new grocery store, he said.
“We were just passing through,” Yusuf said. “We need to feed our community and it’s convenient for all my Muslim brothers and for all multi-racial people.”
Yusuf noted that a Mosque is located in Mountlake Terrace. The store will be a family-run operation, said Yusuf, who also owns a trucking company.
Shoppers will find all kinds of groceries, ranging from Indian, Pakistani, Mediterranean, Fijian and Mexican. The store also sells Halal (hand slaughtered) meat. Paradise Market also offers fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen and canned goods, beverages and many different varieties of ready-to-eat sweets.
In addition, the store will offer something generally not seen in most grocery outlets – clothing.
“We’ve got Indian clothing,” Yusuf said.
It took a long time for Yusuf to open the store.
“To get the store ready took me about a year,” said Yusuf, who previously operated an auto body shop and dealership. “A lot of things needed to be fixed.”
Paradise Market, located at 23204 57th Ave. W., is open Monday through Thursday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (9 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) The store is located in Mountlake Terrace’s West Plaza shopping center next to Yen Ching and near to Snohomish Pie, Double DD Meats and Diamond Knot Brewpub.
— By David Pan