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Nakata Market of Japan remains essential for shoppers in pandemic

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Posted at 7:43 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 09:42:10-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With the pandemic forcing many of us to stay home more often, it means we’re likely cooking a lot more in the kitchen. A small Japanese market is trying to meet the demand for ingredients that may be hard to come by in most stores.

The Nakata Market is where people can find shelves of various Japanese groceries and goods.

“It’s kind of hard to get Japanese foods and goods here in Las Vegas, but we have a variety of elections of foods, frozen foods,” said Nakata Market manager Max Haneda.

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Whether it’s gyoza or energy jelly, the store has it all with many items imported directly from Japan. Haneda has taken steps to ensure customers feel safe and welcome in the midst of a pandemic like installing plastic barriers.

“We’re using sanitizer and we’re wearing masks and have gloves,” he said.

Having been open for the last 18 years, Haneda feels even more responsibility as an essential business to remain open. With more people staying and working from home, he’s seeing more people come in to buy.

“They are cooking at home, so the importance of the supermarket is increasing right now,” he said.

Haneda says they’re building out a second store in Henderson and hope to have it open before Christmas. He encourages the community to continue their support.

“Please come shop around inside Nakata Market,” he said.

Nakata Market is located at 2350 S. Rainbow Blvd. #6 in Las Vegas.