Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jungle Jim’s International Market

Jungle Jim's International Market

Jungle Jim's International Market

Address: 5440 Dixie Highway Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Phone: (513) 674-6000

Info: HOURS: Mon-Sun 8:00AM-10:00PM

Jungle Jim’s is like a grocery store amusement park. Yes, it does have a regular “American” section for those people looking for items you’d find at any local Kroger, but the huge amazing warehouse of a building has ailes and ailes of international foods, yummy treats, decorated ceilings, and one-of-a-kind products from over 75 countries. It is pure joy to watch my kids aile after aile finding treasures, life-size historic fire truck, live fish tanks, Robin Hood’s treasure tree, Port-a-Potties that are the entrance corridors to the public rest rooms, and we always stop in their mini-theatre which plays a documentary video showing the history of Jungle Jim’s (from their first produce stand to today.) If  I want to combine a normal weekly chore with fun for my kids, we go to Jungle Jim’s.

Their website says, “Often described as an adventure in grocery shopping, your senses will be stretched to the limit from the delectable food samplings, the tantalizing smells emanating from the scratch bakery, brightly colored food displays and the bustle of carts weaving in and out of the amazing assortment of products. Little did owner and store namesake, Jim Bonaminio know when he started his market that he would take grocery shopping to a new level. Jungle Jim’s has grown over the years from a simple roadside stand to a 300,000-square-foot food extravaganza and tourist destination, offering 150,000 different items from over 75 countries around the globe and employing an average of 350 employees. Jungle Jim’s International Market is described as a theme park for foodies. Founded in 1974 by “Jungle” Jim Bonaminio, the store started as a small produce stand and has grown to over 6½ acres. Jungle Jim’s is noted for having one of the largest wine collections in the United States, live seafood tanks, and an in-store cooking school in addition to a 1000 person Event Center. Each week, the store is visited by approximately 50,000 shoppers, who are known to as “Foodies”. Many of the 50,000 specialty products in the store’s International department are difficult to find elsewhere in the Greater Cincinnati area, and customers have been known to drive from other cities, and even states, for the store’s wide variety of foods and unique shopping experience.”

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