Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

SBA Cultivates Latino Grocery Chain in Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

SBA Cultivates Latino Grocery Chain in Oklahoma

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With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Supermercados Morelos has grown from a small ethnic grocery store on NW 23rd Street with 15 employees to a chain with five stores in Oklahoma and Texas and plans to open a sixth site here next year.

Marie Johns, SBA deputy administrator, visited the original Supermercados Morelos grocery store at 4704 NW 23rd St. in Oklahoma City Wednesday as part of a tour through the state to promote some of the agency's entrepreneurship programs.

Supermercados Morelos' meat counter, laden with Mexican specialties like chorizo and longaniza, and its hard-to-find produce like prickly pear cactus and tomatillos have made the store a local favorite in the Latino community.

"Businesses like this one are exactly why we exist - to take entrepreneurs' dreams and help make turn them into a reality," Johns said, after picking out a few packets of spice to take with her back to Washington, D.C. "These small businesses are job creators and also generate new business for their suppliers, as well. …

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