Ribbon cutting held to celebrate expansion

Ribbon cutting held to celebrate expansion

NEWTON, NC (November 18, 2011) -- A ribbon cutting was held on Oct. 28 at Plaza Latina, located at 1901 Northwest Boulevard in Newton, to celebrate the expansion of Carniceria Mexicana.

Carniceria Mexicana is a meat market, food store, and cafe owned and operated by Javier Chavez and his wife Norma. Mayor Robert A. Mullinax, Newton City Council Members, and friends and family of Mr. Chavez were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Chavez have recently expanded Carniceria Mexicana to make room for the café and a larger selection of products.


Mayor Mullinax praised the Chavez family for their great success in rejuvenating the shopping center, their service to the Latino community, and their willingness to help others start up new businesses.  The Mayor said, “Javier and Norma have made something special out of a property that had fallen on hard times, and they have been able to accomplish so much in a time of challenging economic conditions.”  Mayor Mullinax added, “I also appreciate Javier’s willingness to volunteer his time to serve on the newly-established Business Advisory Committee for the City of Newton.”

The couple started their butcher business in 1998. They located the new butcher shop in Plaza Latina, which was at the time known as NewCon Plaza. They started with only a small space in the front part of one of the store units, operating the store by themselves while working long hours at regular jobs. They now own the entire shopping center, having purchased it in 2009.

Mr. Chavez has made numerous improvements to the shopping center including new “Plaza Latina” signs. He has been able to fully lease out the shopping center in spite of the slow economy. Plaza Latina now has over 18 businesses including an auto repair business, an indoor soccer arena, and numerous specialty shops.

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