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de Leon Moves to Spokane -- You lucky SOBs....

exttramsg | Apr 20, 200605:36 PM

Just caught this article in the Columbian. There's a hilarious bit of spin:

The departure of a Mexican food store and tortilla "factory" [Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon] on Vancouver's Fourth Plain Boulevard might be viewed as a setback for development of the area as an international shopping district.

"Businesses seem to be turning over at a clip that allows new business to replace the old ones, and that's a dynamic climate," said Kurt Creager, executive director of the Vancouver Housing Authority, the city's lead urban renewal agency, of a strategy planned to revitalize the area.

Err..."dynamic"...yeah not "volatile".

But then we learn this bit:

De Leon, who closed his store in January, said he struggled to keep the Mexican grocery afloat, despite the area's diverse population, which includes a large percentage of people from Mexico. The store sold handmade tortillas and groceries and had a Mexican deli in a 7,450-square-foot space at 2519-20 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

"There just wasn't enough business," said De Leon, an affable businessman who opened the store in 2003. De Leon co-owned the store with his sister, Lucy De Leon, and their parents, Anselmo and Francisca De Leon of Portland.

He is relocating the business to Spokane, transferring merchandise, fixtures and $16,000 worth of tortilla-making equipment to the new location 343 miles away.

I highly recommend that those of you in Spokane watch for its opening. I love this place and they make great guisados (Mexican stews) and wonderful salsas, tamales, carnitas, and beans. Search here on Chowhound PNW or on for descriptions and pictures of their stuff.


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