Interior of the second location at Zaragoza, which was formerly a Kmart | Photo courtesy Economy/Facebook
El Paso, TX – As Economy Wholesale Grocers prepares to open its second location on North Zaragoza in El Paso’s flourishing far Eastside, we take a look at the backstory behind its inception.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our customers at our new location and grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. We will always work hard every day to be supportive of our community and our neighbors,” said Paul Dipp, President of Economy Wholesale Grocers.
Over the past 63+ years, Economy Wholesale Grocers have provided grocery-related products to area customers and businesses on both sides of the border and beyond.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, many of the customers in Mexico were suddenly unable to visit Economy as international bridges were closed.
Nearly 18 months later, and with international bridges still closed for many non-essential travel commuters, Economy Wholesale Grocers has continued to deliver and provide products to its customers while planning to open its second location at 411 North Zaragoza at the beginning of October.
This endeavor has helped to provide the community with approximately 130 jobs during an uncertain economy. Once fully operational, the store will employ more than 50 workers, many of whom reside in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Economy Wholesale Grocers’ roots trace back to 1958 when it was founded as Economy Cash and Carry by a group of El Paso businessmen.
Today, it continues to be locally- and family-owned. What started out as a business in a small, two-story building near Downtown El Paso grew into an operation that required multiple sites, including a distribution center, customer service center, the current store at 1500 East Paisano and now the second location at Zaragoza, which was formerly a Kmart.
Future plans also include the development of a convenience store at 421 North Zaragoza, on an adjacent property.
“Economy Wholesale Grocers welcomes all customers, including household shoppers and businesses such as grocery stores, wholesalers, convenience stores, restaurants, and food trucks,” store officials added.