By Sharon Aron Baron
Residents searching for their favorite Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean foods, don’t have to travel very far anymore.
Tapatia Supermarket held its grand opening on Thursday in Tamarac with Mayor Michelle Gomez and Peter Mason, Executive Director of the Tamarac North Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce in attendance.
The Tamarac market offers shoppers Hispanic grocery products and services including a butcher shop. The store is also known for its in-store cafeteria with traditional Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean meals, as well as access to its financial services for the community.
Operated by Catayu Group, which operates ten stores employing over 250 people across South Florida, their newest location is at 5311 N State Rd 7 in the Commercial Plaza.
Mason said he was excited to welcome Tapatia Supermarket to the city. “You can tell by the investment and the other stores located in West Palm Beach that this organization is serious about their business model.”
He added it was fantastic at this difficult time that 60 jobs have been created, and this particular plaza is getting an upgrade — enhancing the area and the City of Tamarac.
“Customers will enjoy a great shopping experience of unique products, a variety of goods, and delicious foods to eat. I hope this attracts other businesses to this area and stimulates ‘Opportunity Zone’ investment here on State Road 7.”
The 8,000 square-foot supermarket will operate Monday through Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Shoppers visiting Tapatia Supermarket‘s website can preview its products and services, including the sweet bread bakery, cafeteria menu, and in-store utility payment services.
With the opening of the Tamarac store, all Tapatia patrons and workers will be required to wear masks or coverings and maintain physical distancing at a minimum of six feet.
“Tapatia is dedicated to regularly cleaning down cashier conveyer belts and sterilizing equipment used in food preparation,” commented Yuma Hamed, COO, Catayu Group, who added, “Our store-implemented protocols aim to sustain the public’s health.”
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