Fiesta Mart won't replace Baywood Foods

STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News Baywood Foods in Hitchcock.

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.

In 2004, Grocers Supply acquired the 50-store Fiesta Mart chain, and last year acquired Gerland Corp., which owns six Food Fair and 10 Food Town stores.

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?



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(8) comments

Blanca Bell

Baywood has only been gone for a few days and we already miss them. Any legitimate chain would be welcome.

PD Hyatt

The sooner the better for the people who worked at that store, and it would be nice for us in town to get another store in soonly!

Donnie Broussard

Hey Laura, unrelated to this article, could you find out if or when the Jinya Ramen Bar will open in Nasa? This will be the 9th nation-wide and the website gives an opening date of Oct.1. I'm not sure if it's open yet, though. I'm looking forward to trying some real ramen soup. That, and it's somethink different to try. Thanks!

Donnie Broussard

And the El-Tiempo mexican restaurant in Webster, too? It looks like it should be done already.

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Laura Elder

Hi Donnie,
I'll make calls today about Jinya. But I haven't been successful getting any news about El Tiempo except that it would open "later this fall." I'll keep trying to get answers.

John Patlan

I moved to Houston from La Marque (3 years ago). We shop at Randall's, Kroger's, Walmart which are close. Near Loop 610 West and 610 South. I love to go to Fiesta on Main Street. Just love the place. I read the Galv News online. Thanks for your articles.

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Laura Elder

I agree jtpatlan, Fiesta on Main is a fun store.


I am curious if there is any news about a Grocery store coming to Hitchcock.
Have not heard anything in months.

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