|Good Fortune specializes in live seafood.|
What makes the Chinese grocery store so unique is the large variety of live seafood and low-priced fresh produce, says Quan Guo Yang, the general manager of the Good Fortune Supermarket Group, headquartered in Queens, N.Y.
|Kabocha, in the foreground, is a type of winter squash.|
While the produce bins are full of exotic items – bitter melon, lotus root, enormous green radishes, and ramptons, for example – there are plenty of more common items, as well, such as raspberries ($1.99 for six ounces), bananas (38 cents a pound), and Fuji apples (58 cents a pound).
|Good Fortune on opening day.|
The 44,000-square-foot store is the ninth Good Fortune supermarket in the United States and the second in Northern Virginia. A Good Fortune opened in Centreville in March. There are five in the New York City area, one in Quincy, Mass., and one in Franklin Park, N.J. Another store is scheduled for Richmond.
|Ducks are $26 apiece.|
The Good Fortune in the Eden Center employs more than 80 people, he said. Most are paid minimum wage, but they have an opportunity to work 50 to 60 hours a week and are paid overtime.
|Bitter melons are 98 cents a pound.|
According to Frank, the owners of the smaller Eden Supermarket are a little concerned about the increased competition brought by Good Fortune, but they expect to compensate by offering more Vietnamese specialties.
Frank said he saw some of the Eden Center restaurant managers shopping at Good Fortune, because the prices are even lower than at wholesale markets.
|Prepared food is available for takeout.|