Patrick Robinson
Northmart, a wholesale retail store will open in the next few weeks on 15th Ave SW in White Center. The company imports everything from luggage to underwear to jewelry and offers it for sale to the public in bulk at wholesale prices or individually at retail prices. The company has plans to open another Seattle store in Shoreline early next year.

Northmart brings wholesale/retail shopping to White Center

A new store called Northmart will open in White Center "In about ten days or so" according to the General Manager Phil Langer, at 9841 15th Ave SW. The store will offer retail and wholesale goods.

The White Center location joins an existing store in Huntington Park, in Los Angeles and one to be established at 150th and Aurora in Shoreline in the near future. Langer said the White Center location, at 11,000 square feet will become the company's largest and will be the warehouse distribution center.

Through arrangements with Chinese manufacturers the company imports bulk goods and then sells them either in bulk at wholesale prices or in lower quantities at retail prices. "We know either way our prices will be far lower for comparable merchandise than anywhere else you can shop," Langer said.

Luggage, hand bags, paper goods, clothing (underwear and bras), shoes, hair accessories, earrings and hats are all part of the store inventory. "You can buy one or a dozen in a bulk pack," said Langer.

This means they will sell goods to other retail establishments too and use the White Center store as a trans shipping point. "A woman wouldn't necessarily buy six bras but she might buy one but a small retailer in the commutable area would buy them as they are packaged, in a six pack and get the wholesale price."

Northmart has ambitious plans.

"When I get done opening this store and get the store in Shoreline rolling I'm heading back to the east coast to get as many started as fast as I can," Langer explained.

The firm has no website at the moment but one is in development.

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