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Post by ComputerGuy on Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:31 am

The new Riberas extension of Mi Ranchito Cremeria that people have been chomping at the bit for since they announced it, opened today with no fanfare. Tons of space and probably most of the inventory as the Chapala store. But the Chapala store is tiny and jam-packed, giving the impression of a lot more stuff than the new place. For me today, I think at this point it will be a hunt-and-seek situation, cruising the aisles for odd things that you may not be able to find elsewhere.

Lots of happy helpers all speaking perfect English and leading us through the sanitary steps to get into the store. They apparently had German meat sampling but I musta missed that.

The real magic of the Chapala store is not so much what they have, but what they advertise on their Facebook page. A masterstroke, and one that so many businesses here could learn from. When they get a special order or fulfill a special request, they post photos and make big announcements. This gets people all excited.

At the moment, most items can be found elsewhere: El Torito has a great selection of European-style sausage and wursts and salamis. Gourmet Garage definitely has more, because they bring in things like Japanese sausage, and Ukranian foods, but you won't be desperate without them. I guess the bakery goods will arrive eventually, but for me today the yummy-looking dinner rolls turned out to be just more Mexican bread made with manteca. They didn't have their cinammon raisin bread or bagels or other breads yet.

Prices of things like tiny jars of horseradish are way up there, just like SuperLake. Lots of imported canned vegetables and pork/beans, and a lot of things at the moment don't have prices on them... I don't bother looking at items like that. TONS of Red Vines and real black licorice, and I did break the bank to buy one package. Lots of imported cleaning stuff, like Downy Wrinkle products. A variety of Kirkland dry goods like paper towels. Imported snack crackers. Kerrygold butter (the price has gone from 82p for 200gr two months ago to $112; don't know why; assuming trade difficulties).

A really good cheese counter (Pancho has one too, but it's poorly managed with huge wheels and blocks of cheese with little to no description and zero pricing. I don't relish the thought of standing there asking over and over again "What's that? How much is that? Whose cheese is that cheese?"). Wonton skins. Interesting-looking cheesecakes... you'll have to go and look for yourself. I brought a loaded wallet and left with only two items, but I'm glad the store is there now and I know I will find interesting oddities as I go more often and as they flush out their selection.

So now we have Pancho's, Gourmet Garage, and Superlake, practically all in a row. It will be interesting.
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Post by SunFan on Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:26 am

Can you give us a location.

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Post by ComputerGuy on Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:54 am

Just east of the Pemex in Riberas. Right before a taco stand with a red roof.
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Post by slainte39 on Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:10 pm

Great review, Michael, appreciate it.

If you can afford it, at even some degree of your food budget, we certainly do not lack in diversity of what is available.
I think as many Tapatios come here to grocery shop, or at least spend as much dinero grocery shopping, as they do in the restaurants. lol!

I hear all the time about how lucky we are for the availability of various foodstuff items.

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