Next Big Futures, the Asian market’s second location, is opening its first Houston store this month in the former Chevron Oil & Gas facility at 6500 FM 529 in Katy.
The store will have 30% Asian merchandise in stock.
It will sell inexpensive Asian stationeries, including stationery with embroidery, stationery that can be used as prints or accessories, and stationery.
It’s also a place for people who want to get in touch with Asian cultures.
“Our goal is to reach out to a broader Asian community, and it’s been really important for us to reach that audience,” said Angela Wu, the store’s founder and owner.
“We really want to make it as accessible as possible to people that are interested in Asian culture.”
The store is set to open in late May.
“It’s really a great place for a lot of Asian people to shop, and we think it’s going to be really popular,” Wu said.
She said Asian people in Houston are very passionate about Asian culture.
“A lot of them really enjoy the way that we’re dressed, we really love our food, we love our tea, we’re not going to stop,” Wu added.
Next Big plans to expand the store to more stores in the Houston area.
“In order to expand, we need a location that’s convenient and affordable for our customers,” Wu explained.
She also said that the store has an Asian-themed menu and will have a selection of ethnic Chinese food items.
“The menu is definitely going to include things like our fried rice, our stir fried rice.
We are very excited about it, and there’s going be an Asian tea and other food items that we are really excited about,” Wu told Next Big.
“And then we will have Asian jewelry, and other Asian jewelry.”
Next Big is the latest Asian market to open.
In 2016, the Korean market opened in downtown Houston.
And last year, the Vietnamese market opened at a former Chevron site in Katy, where it became a new Asian market in 2017.
But Wu says that her shop will open to a wider Asian community.
“I really want it to be accessible and affordable to people who are Asian, and I think we are able to do that,” Wu concluded.
The Asian market opened on the first day of Houston’s spring cleaning season.
“Houston has been growing as a cultural center, but we have a lot more to offer in terms of Asian culture,” Wu noted.