Southeast Market is closing its doors after more than two decades in Salt Lake City

Southeast Market — a staple for Asian groceries in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Wells neighborhood — announced Monday that it would close.

It was in business near 400 E. 900 S. for 23 years.

The closure comes just over a year after the property’s owner successfully shepherded a rezone request through the city.

“To our SE Market community, we have made the decision to CLOSE Southeast Market after 23 years of business in this wonderful community. It’s been a difficult two years and [we’ve] decided it’s time to retire. We want to thank everyone who has shown us continued support and love throughout our 23 years of business.”

The company said it would hold a sale this weekend, selling everything at a deep discount to clear out inventory.

“Please save the date for March 12-13 for our clearance sale! All items are marked 40% off. Everything must go! We will be opened at 8am on both days.”

There are several other businesses located in the building near Liberty Park. Google Maps shows Melewa Bakery located on site. Pho 28 also operates out of the building.

The change shifted the zoning of the parcel from residential/business (RB) and neighborhood commercial (CN) to community business (CB). The biggest difference is that CB zoning requires no front or corner setbacks from nearby properties. Buildings must be set back at least 10 feet at the rear.

Katia LLC, the building’s owner, hasn’t presented any plans for the building or pulled permits, other than to say it is in need of extensive renovation and repair.

“Our desire is to create a space that encourages the type of culture that brings people together in this shared residential/ commercial node,” Kathia Dang wrote in an email thanking supporters.

900 South has been transforming into a mixed-use corridor of small-scale buildings. The city is in the process of building a trail on the south side of the street that will better connect the west side with east outside of a car.

Customers searching for a replacement Asian market will find a comparable one at Ocean City Seafood Market, four blocks west.

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and made his way West to study journalism at the University of Montana. He's been a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bend Bulletin and Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design for building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.