COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It started as a single corner store in the year 2000, but now has grown to one of the largest Hispanic grocery store chains in Ohio.
La Michoacana Market has 10 locations across the state. Owner Fernando Alcauter says they owe their success to their customers, by offering them something they can’t get anywhere else.
Grocery store shoppers like Mohammad Tomas have been customers at La Michoacana Mexican market on Morse road for more than a decade, “I love coming here, I come here all the time,” Tomas said. He frequents the store butcher shop and gets general groceries.
He’s just one customer owner Alcauter knows from his frequent visits.
“We have eight locations in Columbus and two in Dayton, Ohio,” Alcauter said.
Alcauter’s father started with one corner store 18 years ago, when he moved here and he believed the needs of the Hispanic community were not being met.
“He saw the need, that you couldn’t find anything Mexican, you couldn’t find tortillas, Mexican bread,” Alcauter said.
Today the market still sells Mexican bread and tortillas, but offers far more.
Employees say some of the best selling items are Mexican candy.
“We have candy that is from Mexico, that is mostly tamarind,” longtime employee Omar Gomez said.
The market also has a bakery, a butcher shop and most recently a restaurant.
From sweets to meats, owner Fernando says the market just wants to be there for its customers.
“Anything that is essential that that Mexican culture would need,” Alcauter said.