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Who We Are

A Legacy of Excellence

With nearly 500 employees, Uwajimaya is one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1928, Uwajimaya has evolved beyond providing basic grocery staples and become the destination to experience Asian food culture.

Original Uwajimaya

A Family Business

Uwajimaya | Founders
Our Founders
Fujimatsu & Sadako Moriguchi

In 1928, husband and wife team, Fujimatsu and Sadako, founded Uwajimaya in Tacoma, Washington. Their love of food, people, and community were pillars of their business.

Uwajimaya | Second Generation Owners
Second Generation
Brothers & Sisters

The seven Moriguchi siblings (Kenzo, Suwako, Tomio, Akira, Hisako, Toshi and Tomoko) together carried on the legacy of their parents – each contributing in a unique way to help build and grow the business.

Uwajimaya | Third Generation Owners
Third Generation

Uwajimaya remains a family-owned and operated business today with the third-generation now in charge. Moriguchi’s granddaughter, Denise Moriguchi, leads the company as President and CEO.

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