Media Statement - H-Mart

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - H-Mart President Peter Kwon has released today
the following statement regarding the recent B.C. Human Rights Tribunal
finding in favour of H-Mart and the West Willow Shopping Centre in Surrey.

    "We feel vindicated and gratified by the Tribunal's decision. We were
    dismayed by the incorrect and unfounded accusations made against us. We
    do not do business that way.

    As Canadians the values we treasure most are this country's attitude of
    fairness and openness to the world's diverse cultures. We feel a moral
    obligation and personal pride to uphold those values in how we conduct
    business and treat all people. We are pleased that the Tribunal has set
    the record straight.

    The conjecture and cloud of suspicion hanging over the West Willow
    Shopping Centre have been difficult for our businesses, our tenants, our
    customers and the community at large. I hope that this decision ends all
    of the ugly speculation and that we can move forward and look to the


    The owners of the West Willow Shopping Centre in Surrey and its anchor
tenant H-Mart, an Asian specialty food store, were accused of racism by three
of their Caucasian tenants when they were told that their leases were not
being renewed. They argued that their new landlord wanted to have only
Asian-run businesses in the mall.
    All charges have been completely dismissed and Tribunal Member Lindsay
Lyster said: "In the end, I have concluded that the complainants' case is
based on little more than conjecture based on what they read in the media and
H-Mart's reputation as a "Korean market", as seen through the lens of their
own unhappiness in being unable to maintain their businesses in the mall."
    To read the Tribunal's decision, go to:

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