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Latin grocer taking over food co-op shop on Commercial Drive

It's store number three for the four women who founded this popular Latin American grocery store

A local Latin grocery store will soon expand its Metro Vancouver empire with the launch of its third location.

Mi Tierra Latina, which began in 2020 with a storefront in the West End's Davie Village, is a Vancouver-based and female-founded business that sought to fill a gap in the city's marketplace by offering a one-stop-shop for Latin American goods and groceries.

The grocer next turned its attention to North Burnaby, opening its second store in the neighbouring municipality earlier this year.

Now, Mi Tierra Latina will expand once more, opening its third shop, this time on the east side of Vancouver. The Latin American grocer is moving in at 1034 Commercial Drive, in the former home of the East End Food Co-op. The popular community store closed its doors on May 15. 

Signs for Mi Tierra Latina are now over the windows at the ex-Co-op on The Drive. "You can't buy happiness, but you cal always buy local," touts the window-coverings. 

The project "was born with the intention of reconnecting Latinos with their roots," notes Mi Tierra on the location announcement on its third Instagram account (each store has its own). 

"Mi Tierra Latina offers all the necessary ingredients you need for an authentic Latin American fiesta. From special spices to freshly ground Colombian coffee beans, tens of different sauces ranging in spice and more," describes the business on its website.

Mi Tierra's stores are organized by country and feature new items each week from the region. Staff are on hand to help shoppers find what they are looking for, whether it be everything you need to have an empanada night at home to special Peruvian cola and chips or special sauces or seasonings from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and more.

No opening date has been set for the new Mi Tierra on The Drive. Follow them on Instagram at @mitierralatina.commercialdrive.