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Our Story

When Suchin Prapaisilp arrived in St. Louis in 1970 from Thailand, he noticed there was not a way for recent immigrants like himself to enjoy the food that they enjoyed back in their homelands. With $2,800 dollars saved up from working three jobs, he opened one of the first international grocery stores in St. Louis on South Grand Avenue. In a small storefront with one light bulb, Suchin and his brother expanded their store slowly, making trips to Chicago every weekend to purchase goods to sell at his store. As word spread about the new store where one could buy noodles from Korea, yams from Africa, and rice from Thailand, Americans of all backgrounds knew where they could find comfort food from home as well as new and unique international foods to try for the first time. Seeing the need to expand to cater to an ever-growing immigrant population and interest in international foods, Suchin opened Global Foods Market in 1999 at its present location in Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis.

 




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