An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 16, 2007

Just a Grocery Store?

Filed under: Personal opinion, Politically INcorrect — olbroad @ 7:31

Grocer rumor raises tension

A rumor that Farmers Branch may be getting a grocery store that caters to the Hispanic market has touched off a controversy in a city where tensions already are high over the illegal immigration issue.

A group of residents has been calling Minyard Food Stores Inc. to say they want a Minyard store at the southeast corner of Valley View and Josey lanes – not a Carnival, which serves primarily Hispanic shoppers. Minyard operates the Carnival chain.

Farmers Branch use to be one of the nicer areas of the Metroplex. It has seriously gone downhill since I last lived in Dallas. I’ve also seen those Carnival grocery stores. The parking lots are fairly trashy. I mean with trash, litter, garbage, whatever you want to call it. This is not bigoted, this is a physical (personal) observation. I can understand the city not wanting to bring this store into their area.

The movement to keep Carnival out has angered some residents, who say the effort is racially motivated and an attempt to keep out a store that would be favored by Hispanics.

“I am so sick, my stomach is upset,” said Elizabeth Villafranca, president of the Farmers Branch chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. “This is a person that is running for City Council, trying to control which businesses come in and out of the city based on his own prejudices. … They are so prejudiced, but they don’t want to face it.”

The city council has every right to prevent a business that would be damaging from coming into their city. The one who is prejudiced is Ms. Villafranca, and those like her. I have never, in recent years gone into a grocery store, anywhere in the larger cities of this country and NOT found an aisle dedicated solely to mostly Hispanic types of food. Some have two or three. But this is the United States of America, not Mexico, or Cuba, or any South American country. Assimilate into OUR culture, do not force us to assimilate into yours.

Mr. Scott said that at issue is the quality of store he wants for the Four Corners shopping center – not race.

“I don’t think we need any sort of ultra-discount store in there at all. We’re a town of ultra discounts as it is,” Mr. Scott said.

Must have a Super Wal Mart, which 20 years ago, would have surprised me.

Mr. Scott criticized those who say it’s a racial issue.

“It’s so interesting because it shouldn’t be stirring up a lot of tensions,” he said. “People who want to make this an issue have latched on to it.”

Everything has become a racial issue these days, or religious, or gay, or whatever issue is the flavor of the day. Is it any wonder we are so divided? It would be nice if some folks would figure out, the world does not revolve around them, not everything is about THEM. I know a few people like that……

Texas declared it’s independence from Mexico in 1836. It’s now losing that independence. Unless people start paying attention, lose the “me” mentality, and focus on the “we”, I’m afraid we are skidding to our decline. You might say, “It’s just a grocery store!” No, it’s much more than that. It’s an example of how our nation is being over run, and turned into something that it was never meant to be.



  1. Just one question….Have you seen the new Carnival Food Stores?? Take a look at the Flagship location in Oak Cliff.If you can’t take the time to drive by there check out the virtual tour on the website. That store is by no means trashy…It is one of the nicest grocery stores I have seen. I do agree that some of the previously exsisting Carnival stores are not up to par but the company is working on remodeling those stores. You have to understand that those stores were built when the company was still owned by the Minyard Family. The new owners of MFS have a totally different vision for our company. A community is only as nice as is resident’s make it. A grocery store by itself cannot condemn an entire city unless the city & it’s residents ALLOW it to happen.
    I have seen PLENTY of other grocery store chains (including Wal-Mart) with “trashy” stores. It just depends on the neighborhood it is located in.

    Comment by An MFS employee — April 14, 2007 @ 4:36

  2. Since I don’t live in Texas anymore, it’s kind of difficult to go check out the new stores. I’m going by what I’ve seen. Perhaps the management should hire someone to go out and clean up the trash? It would make a major difference, then perhaps those who shop there wouldn’t be so inclined to use the parking lot as their personal trash can. The same could be said for every other trashed store.

    Comment by olbroad — April 15, 2007 @ 8:31

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