Mi Tierra Loses Lease, Will Leave Whiteaker Neighborhood

Aug 23, 2019

Co-owner Angelica Salgado checks out a customer on the market side of Mi Tierra.
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Owners of Mi Tierra, a family-run grocery store and restaurant, are on the hunt for a new location after their lease ends this month. They see it as a chance to expand.

Co-owner Angelica Salgado said she’ll miss serving customers in the Whiteaker Neighborhood who’ve bought Mexican grocery staples on one end, and ate family-made recipes on the other. 

Members of the Salgado family pose with Mi Tierra employees in the Taqueria. The man and women sitting in the front are Salgado's parents. Salgado says her father, Ezquiel Salgado, taught her most of the recipes found on the menu.
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“We’re looking forward to [finding] another home for Mi Tierra and to have the same employees, so hopefully they don’t lose their job for too long because 20 families [are] counting on us," she said. The family has been looking in the Eugene-Springfield area for possible spots.

Although relocating is costly, she said it's a chance to find a bigger building and better parking.

Asked what she’s most proud of during her time in the neighborhood, she said building a relationship with customers in the area, and supporting her family through the business.

"We earned a lot of friends when we moved in, in 2009 when we only knew the landlord, since then we’re been very successful,” she said.

Residents from the Whiteaker Neighborhood have reached out the Salgado offering their support, Salgado said. The business has until August 31st to vacate the building.