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Hispanic grocery and restaurant adds third local location

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Nampa has a new Hispanic grocer and market in the growing downtown area. Pantera Market opened a third local location this spring in a former furniture store.

The former Furniture City store in Downtown Nampa sat vacant for several years, in a portion of the city that boomed in recent times with new restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.

Now Pantera brought new life to the 13,000 square foot building, offering a grocery store, produce and meat market.

A restaurant area offers Mexican specialties like carne asada, street tacos, and burritos. A new bakery will offer fresh-made goods in all three Pantera locations. The grocery features pantry staples, tortillas, and a variety of other items like cookware and candles.

Senen Aguilar opened the first Pantera Market in Caldwell in 2008. He immigrated to California in the 1980s before family ties brought him to the Treasure Valley. His sons joined the business in recent years. One of those sons, Nestor Aguilar serves as head of business development for Pantera.

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“I grew up entirely in the United States, only hearing about my family’s heritage in Mexico through my parents’ stories,” Nestor Aguilar said. “Working at our family’s markets has helped me learn more about that culture and others in Latin America through our customers and vendors. And I’m proud to push myself and take on challenges in this new location – it means a lot because it’s not just my future, but my family’s.”

The new Pantera Market obtained financing through MoFi, a nonprofit business that helps provide loans to growing businesses across the Intermountain region.

Pantera will hold a grand opening this Friday at 5pm with live music and more.

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