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Regent St. Mart photographed on March 6, 2024.

New campus area convenience store provides more than just food to customers

Madison has gained another spot for ethnic food and groceries.

Regent Mart, located on the corner of Regent Street and South Randall Avenue, took over the spot that once held a 7/11 in September 2023. The market’s co-owner, Nancy, said she and her partner “own a few businesses and felt the need for something like this over here.”

While the new market may seem like any other convenience store, University of Wisconsin-Madison students, such as freshman Christina Ho, said they feel the market’s cuisine makes them feel at home. 

“For me, the authenticity of the food at Regent Mart allows me to feel more connected and at home while being far away,” Ho said.

Regent Mart is not just a grocery and convenience store. It also sells freshly made ethnic foods, Nancy said.

When Regent Mart first opened, they only offered sushi and samosas as freshly made menu items. It has since expanded its menu to include more made-to-order and pre-made options.

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An aisle of Regent Mart photographed on March 6, 2024.

Although Nancy said Regent Mart does make much of its food in-store, some of the options are brought in from various suppliers within the community. The market currently partners with Thai Noodles and Arods Tex-Mex to provide customers with a variety of ethnic cuisines.  

Regent Mart currently offers multiple different cuisines including Asian, Indian, Tex-Mex, Jamaican and Thai foods. 

Customers can choose from an array of items including paneer makhani, boba, chicken curry, spring rolls, Indian pao buns, butter chicken, Jamaican patties and more. Regent Mart also has sections of the store dedicated to grocery shopping for these different cuisines.

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A samosa from Regent Mart photographed on March 6, 2024.

Since opening, Regent Mart said they have experienced an overwhelming amount of love via online reviews about the shop’s food and environment. 

Nigel Yu, a freshman at UW-Madison, said Regent Mart is a staple in his diet. Yu is part of a sailing team that meets near the Regent Mart, something he said often brings him to the market for a meal.

“[Regent Mart is] amazing,” Yu said. “They have fresh food almost every single day, it’s always a great assortment and very diverse types of foods.” 

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