Make us your home page

Spanish-American grocery to open in old hardware store

RIVERVIEW — Customers once bought hammers and nails in this metal-walled building on a prime spot along U.S. 301.

In a few months, the store's new owners will start selling roasted pork and plantains.

Jorge L. Gonzalez, 51, of Valrico, said he plans to open a Spanish-American grocery store in the 4,800-square-foot space once occupied by Otto's Hardware.

Plans and permits for the store, at 9613 U.S. 301 S, are still in the works. Gonzalez said he hasn't come up with a name yet.

The store will likely open in August, he said, and feature foods from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In addition to vegetables and produce, the deli will offer an extensive meat selection, he said.

The retail world is familiar to Gonzalez, whose father owned a small grocery store in Puerto Rico when he was growing up.

Gonzalez ran a store of his own in Valrico, Latino Supermarket, but he sold it three years ago.

Many people would drive to that store from Riverview, he said, and complain about the lack of local offerings.

Opening a store on busy U.S. 301 will be good for business, he said.

"When people go by, they're going to see it," he said.

Years ago, a Latin grocery store never would have considered coming to Riverview, said Jimmy Millard, whose family has owned the U.S. 301 building for decades.

"Now we have a lot of Latin American people here, and it will do very well," he said.

Catherine E. Shoichet can be reached at or 661-2454.

Spanish-American grocery to open in old hardware store 05/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2008 10:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Appointments at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and World of Beer highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers



    Tampa Bay Watch, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary, has announced two new employees. Pamela Arbisi is the new development director. Her responsibilities include …

    Scott Bendert has joined the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay as the non-profit organization's Chief Financial Officer. [Company handout]
  2. Tampa's Homeowners Choice seeks to offer flood insurance in other states


    Tampa-based insurance company HCI Group Inc.'s subsidiaries are trying to expand their flood insurance offerings beyond Florida. HCI has filed with regulators to offer flood coverage in Arkansas, California, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

    Tampa-based HCI Group is trying to expand its flood insurance offerings to other states. Pictured is Paresh Patel, CEO of HCI Group. | [Courtesy of HCI Group]
  3. Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is back on the market for $3.45 million after a brief hiatus.

    The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is on the market for $3.45 million. [Courtesy of Hi Res Media]
  4. Trigaux: Halfway through 2017, a closer look at six drivers of the Tampa Bay economy


    We're nearly halfway through 2017 already, a perfect time to step back from the daily grind of business and ask: How's Tampa Bay's economy doing?

    Is there one theme or idea that captures the Tampa Bay brand? Not really but here's one possibility. The fun-loving annual Gasparilla "Invasion" of Tampa is captured in this photo of 
The Jose Gasparilla loaded with pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla on its way this past January to the Tampa Convention Center. In the future a vibrant downtown Tampa or St. Petersburg may be the better theme. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. Will new laws protect condo owners from apartment conversions and rogue associations?

    Real Estate

    Danny Di Nicolantonio has lived in St. Petersburg's Calais Village Condominums for 33 years. Annoyed at times by the actions, or inaction, of the condo board and property managers, he has complained to the state agency that is supposed to investigate.

    That has left him even more annoyed.

    A bill passed by the Florida Legislature would affect places like The Slade in Tampa's Channelside district, where condominium owners have battled a plan to convert homes into apartments.
[Times file photo]