The recent closure of Baywood Foods — Hitchcock’s only grocery store — was bad news for the city’s residents.
But officials with Houston-based Grocers Supply, which owns the Baywood Foods building, are reaching out to several of their supermarket customers and are confident a new store will fill the void in just a few months, said Collin Tadlock, director of real estate for the company.
Meanwhile, there’s still no word about why Baywood Foods closed. By all accounts, the store was always busy.
And contrary to rumors, the Houston-based Fiesta Mart concept won’t move into the Hitchcock site, Tadlock said.
Grocers Supply, which has owned the Hitchcock building at 6721 Main St. for about 10 years, is a wholesaler and distributor to independent grocers within in a 350-mile radius of Houston.
Tadlock said Fiesta was not a likely candidate.
Fiesta is popular among Hispanics.
The supermarket chain was co-founded by Donald Bonham and O.C. Mendenhall, according to the grocer’s website.
Bonham had lived in several countries in Latin America, where he worked helping set up supermarkets and food distribution systems.
When he returned to the United States, he recognized the potential of a supermarket for Hispanics, especially immigrants who were nostalgic for foods and products from their home countries.
When I lived in Houston, I liked shopping Fiesta for its international ambience. It was always interesting.
Although Fiesta won’t open there, other independent grocers are very interested in the Hitchcock building, Tadlock said.
What grocery store would you like to see move into Hitchcock? And are any of you Fiesta fans?