Hickory Food Hall

HELT Design was assigned with the task of conceptualizing the Hickory Food Hall in a former bank location in Hickory.

The birth of Hickory Food Hall can be credited to Lynn Nguyen, her daughter Annie, and her son-in-law Tony, who are the founders of this venture. Despite her retirement as the owner of Nagano Japanese Restaurant (now managed by her daughter Thao), Lynn wanted to create something extraordinary for Hickory. When Tony and Annie, the creators of Waterbean Coffee and proud owners of two specialty coffee shops in Hickory, stumbled upon the stunning First National Bank of Catawba building being sold, they immediately shared their discovery with Lynn. The three of them were captivated by the building and believed that establishing a food hall would be an exceptional way to give back to their hometown. Lynn often expressed, "We have a magnificent lake, countless walking trails, and awe-inspiring scenery. Hickory is truly incomparable. All it needs is for people to witness its beauty and recognize what a remarkable town it has become."

With the unveiling of this exquisite food hall in Hickory, individuals now have a place where they can gather to indulge in great food, engage in social activities, and even work, placing the city on par with other prominent metropolises.

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