Economic growth, Hispanics may help draw retailers to city

Full story: El Paso Times 45
Jorge de Jesus Legaspi of the Legaspi Company spoke about Hispanic markets during Wednesay's seminar by the Inernational Council of Shopping Centers at the Double Tree Hotel. Full Story
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canutillo

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 2, 2011
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?

As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
Jane

Monument, CO

#2 Jun 2, 2011
‘Hispanics’ are constantly screaming and protesting against what they call ‘racial profiling’ and ‘targeting’ with U.S. immigration laws. Yet, it seems these same ‘Hispanics’ have absolutely no problem with ‘racial profiling’ and ‘targeting’ when it’s advantageous to them.
E.G.: Companies that target the Hispanic population with Press 1 to speak English and 2 for Espanol, or Spanish radio stations/newspapers, signs in Spanish, U.S. government documents in Spanish, court interpreters, taught in schools under the guise of ‘it helps them learn English if they spend the first 3 years learning in Spanish first’, and the extensive list goes on…

Ever see a ‘Hispanic’ scream and protest over the above blatant targeting?
Tejano con huevos

El Paso, TX

#3 Jun 2, 2011
What I have seen in the past two years is Hispanics moving into El Paso from Cali to Brownsville to pursue a better career. The retail business must be good cause they are knocking on our door.
Tejano con huevos

El Paso, TX

#4 Jun 2, 2011
canutillo wrote:
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?
As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
Go to the eastside where the gringos' shop. they like to spend a little more so they do not have to listen to Mexicans yacking and yacking.
SweetFat

El Paso, TX

#6 Jun 2, 2011
Hey Vic! The national economy is FAR from improving. El Paso is just fortunate to not have been affected like the rest of the country,
GL_Eastsider

El Paso, TX

#7 Jun 2, 2011
canutillo wrote:
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?
As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
I agree, but I'm not sure the El Pasoans could support the long term prospects of these businesses. Do you really see someone paying the extra money for organic tomatoes, or the variety of apples you find at Whole Foods or a Central Market? This is the reason places why markets like Ranchers Pro Mart make it here; because the have lost cost, high turnover volume products, and cater to Hispanics.

I loved shopping at these markets in Austin and El Paso, but I suspect retailers are too weary of making such an investment.
Mr-DElpaso

United States

#8 Jun 2, 2011
canutillo wrote:
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?
As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
You got to be kidding a Whole foods or Trader Joe's. Just saying if they did open one of these classy food stores here in ElPaso the place would be trashed within a week parking lot littered with used diapers diapers and and other trash. It's to pricey they don't care about good quality only cheap fruits and veggies.
Tired

Washington, DC

#9 Jun 2, 2011
The percentage of Mexican shoppers is skewed. They live here but have Mexican license plates, litter, don't pay taxes, and take advantage of manifestos. Yet another example of how the government protects those that do not support anything this country stands for.
Chino

El Paso, TX

#10 Jun 2, 2011
Why focus on retailers? If El Paso is going to have a snowball's chance, then it has to attract better-quality companies, those that pay better wages. But this is difficult because companies that pay better rarely come to El Paso, which is, unfortunately, known as a low-wage, largely uneducated, city. I believe that El Paso is going to have to lift itself by its own bootstraps and forge its own future. It cannot rely on companies from the outside to determine what quality of life it's going to enjoy.
TheFuture

El Paso, TX

#11 Jun 2, 2011
Mr. Tejano the "gringos" all shop on the Westside
PARTY ALL THE TIME

El Paso, TX

#12 Jun 2, 2011
If they're going for the Hispanic market then I guess the retail center is going to be full of Chicos Tacos and Dollar Stores
Mattman

El Paso, TX

#13 Jun 2, 2011
GL_Eastsider wrote:
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I agree, but I'm not sure the El Pasoans could support the long term prospects of these businesses. Do you really see someone paying the extra money for organic tomatoes, or the variety of apples you find at Whole Foods or a Central Market? This is the reason places why markets like Ranchers Pro Mart make it here; because the have lost cost, high turnover volume products, and cater to Hispanics.
I loved shopping at these markets in Austin and El Paso, but I suspect retailers are too weary of making such an investment.
I aggree. El Paso will never see a Saks Fifth Avenue, Westin, Fry's, Pappadeaux, Ruth's Chris Steak House, City Market.....Would be nice if HEB made it out here though
Cant Wait

El Paso, TX

#14 Jun 2, 2011
Can't wait for all the New Businesses to Open Soon

To go to all of the new stores
Sam

El Paso, TX

#15 Jun 2, 2011
It seems like a lot of you despise the fact that we have a predominately Hispanic population in El Paso. Guess what? We live on the border, that is never, never going to change. If anything, it'll only trend upward as the Mexican economy continues its growth streak and it's middle class grows in the next few decades.

If you want to live in a place with a predominate white population you need to get out of Texas completely and head to Wisconsin.
Sam

El Paso, TX

#16 Jun 2, 2011
canutillo wrote:
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?
As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
Sun Harvest is essentially a smaller version of Whole Foods, and is doing pretty well. You'll probably see Whole Foods pop up in the next few years. There was supposed to be one built near UTEP a few years back but the recession scared off a lot of retailers looking to break into new markets.
EP in ATX

United States

#17 Jun 2, 2011
EP cannot support businesses like Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Look at how hard Sun Harvest struggled. EP will need to accept the fact that people from across the border dictate what retailers El Pasoans will have to shop at. I'm sure a Fiesta Supermarcado would do just fine in EP, but don't get your hopes up for anything a true El Pasoan will enjoy, you'll just need to keep going out of town until J-Townans like it. EP will continually cater to Mexico and never see a dime from it. The roads, parks and infustructure will continue to decline, but another strip mall is the answer!
EP in ATX

United States

#18 Jun 2, 2011
Sam wrote:
It seems like a lot of you despise the fact that we have a predominately Hispanic population in El Paso. Guess what? We live on the border, that is never, never going to change. If anything, it'll only trend upward as the Mexican economy continues its growth streak and it's middle class grows in the next few decades.
If you want to live in a place with a predominate white population you need to get out of Texas completely and head to Wisconsin.
That's not completely true. Other border cities seem to have their own identities (San Diego) and the rest of Texas does have a large Hispanic population, but those cities cater to the community as a whole, not another county! I think most people are upset that the city cares more about what another counrty wants than its own tax paying citizens.
Rey

El Paso, TX

#19 Jun 2, 2011
This week, the Times published stories of how the EP housing market is not good and the high unemployed rate. Doesnt it take money to shop?

It's premature to setting up shops or stores until the economny gets better.

This story was published, most likely, to counter the negative feeling of Juarez buisnesses fleeing to EP. And of course, La Reds PR program.
Anonymous

Campbell, CA

#20 Jun 2, 2011
canutillo wrote:
Why can't El Paso attract a nice super market? Trader Joe's or Whole Foods would be a very welcome addition. Why won't WalMart build a nice Walmart on the Westside?
As an American citizen, I get kind of tired of all the focus on the shoppers that come in from Mexico. I live here and can't get what I want.
Because EL paso isn't California--We have both Trader's Joes and whole foods down the street...
Mattman

El Paso, TX

#21 Jun 2, 2011
El Paso 2 Cali wrote:
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Because EL paso isn't California--We have both Trader's Joes and whole foods down the street...
Don't forget In and Out Burger. Oh, amd some killer Sushi establishments. Good eats in Santa Clara.

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