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Harold Shinn, owner, Buford Highway Farmers Market

Buford Highway Farmers Market

Born to Korean immigrants in the United States, Harold Shinn picked up where his father left off, infusing Atlanta with a vast array of international grocery options. In 1974, Harold’s father opened Atlanta’s first Asian food store. After Harold’s freshman year at Emory, he helped his father lay the groundwork for what is now the Buford Highway Farmers Market.  Initially, they worked to lure mainstream customers, but when Atlanta’s Hispanic community began to grow, they saw an opportunity, and their international-style market was born.

Encompassing more than 100,000 square feet of retail space, the Buford Highway Farmers Market specializes in fresh produce, meat, and seafood, as well as a wide variety of packaged food products, all neatly arranged in supermarket aisles by their country of origin. Whether you’re looking for fresh kimchi or cow pizzle, you’ll find it at the Buford Highway Farmers Market.

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Kate Medley

Kate Medley

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