The new Nations store in Hamilton, Ont. is located downtown and offers a one-stop shop for city dwellers.
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East meets West in the store, which offers a global array of prepared foods.
The Western hot food department will offer something different on a daily basis.
The Asian hot food area includes Chinese barbecue specialties such as Peking duck, as well as dim sum favourites.
The Japanese teppanyaki department offers grilled Japanese fare made to order. As well, there is fresh sushi to go.
Bubble tea from Asia, which features tapioca "bubbles" is featured along with coffees, teas and exclusive to Nations, mini donuts.
There's a Mediterranean olive bar, along with a variety of deli meats and cheeses.
More than one-third of the store's offerings are fresh foods: ready to eat, ready to heat or ready to cook.
With two executive chefs on site, restaurant-type meals will be served, but at grocery prices.
For customers wanting to do some cooking, there will be a variety of ready to cook or ready to heat dishes. Here are some Chinese dishes including marinated duck feet and smoked pork.
Nations promises customers a passport to freshness. The focus is on "same-day fresh" offerings.
The seafood market is located in an enclosed space with special ventilation to ward off fish smells.
The meat department features butchers on site for custom cuts. Packaged meats to go are located next to the department.
There's a wide variety of snack goods from different Asian, European, and Western companies.
The frozen area features open cases as well as upright freezers with doors.
East meets West in frozen desserts: Melona from South Korea sits next to Reid's Dairy from Belleville, Ont.
The noodle and tofu department provides ethnic consumers with much sought after variety.