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Old 07-02-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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Have you been in the Hawaii Supermarket (in San Gabriel) or the San Gabriel Superstore? These markets have a distinctive smell, do you know what it is? Maybe it's peppers.

I was disappointed by the mall that has the SG Superstore. Not a charming place.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:09 PM
 
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Rotten produce / meat / seafood. Most 99 Ranch stores smell like this.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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Probably the aquariums for live fish, lobster etc. I frequent these stores and haven't seen rotten food like the poster claims.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:58 AM
 
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It's called "food".
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:11 AM
 
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If they carry durian, there will be a sort of musty old socks smell. I remember being in Singapore and the trains all have signs prohibiting carrying durian onboard. I go to the 99 Ranch store in Upland on a regular basis and it mostly smells like garlic, onion and ginger (they have hot food) with an undertang of disinfectant.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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Most likely the meat/seafood mixed with the prepared foods in display cases.

All stores seem to have a unique smell of some sort though... Target is legendary for their stores smelling like popcorn and rubber(?), Trader Joes smells different than other mainstream stores like Safeway/Albertsons/etc., and Costco smells like tires, pizza, and corndogs.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Maybe it is the abundance of fish and fish products.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:04 PM
 
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Consider the store Tak Shing Hong on Garvey and Alhambra Ave. It has that smell but not much food inside.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:55 PM
 
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Fermentation.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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The stank you smell is fish and, especially in South Asian markets, fish sauce used in cooking.
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