Does anyone remember Tiangus?

Uh...California.

Moderator: Groceteria

Post Reply
User avatar
steps
Senior Member
Posts: 175
Joined: 02 Jan 2006 21:06
Location: Hollywood
Contact:

Does anyone remember Tiangus?

Post by steps » 12 Jan 2006 20:19

it was a Vons owned chain...it was supposed to cater to ethnic foods....mainly latin...dont remember how long it lasted tho...it was a good concept but wasnt needed back then...now that all this ethnic food markets are poping up everywhere, i think its time they bring it back!!

i remember the one in downy. i went there with my parents for water and supplies in 1994 when we had the big northridge earthquake. its sad how we dont plan ahead for these things...lol..there was nothing left int he store when we got there!
Pavilions, the new, the unusal, the BEST of everything!

User avatar
runchadrun
Senior Member
Posts: 618
Joined: 27 Dec 2005 14:29
Location: Granada Hills (Los Angeles), CA
Contact:

Post by runchadrun » 12 Jan 2006 21:31

It was Tiangus. I remember that they were listed on the back of my old Pavilions Value Plus (aka Vons Club) card.

Bill Davila, who was the president of Vons and appeared in the Vons commercials, also did the Tiangus ads on Spanish-language TV.

User avatar
steps
Senior Member
Posts: 175
Joined: 02 Jan 2006 21:06
Location: Hollywood
Contact:

Post by steps » 12 Jan 2006 22:16

lol...i knew i was spelling it wrong! i remember the vons ads with him but not the tiangus....does your pavilions value plus card look the same as they do now...?? do u know what happened to the chain...?? did it not do as good as they thought it would...?
Pavilions, the new, the unusal, the BEST of everything!

Jeff
Senior Member
Posts: 938
Joined: 21 Nov 2005 21:44

Post by Jeff » 13 Jan 2006 00:22

Failed concept.

They turned most the stores into Vons, but kept the ethnicity in the store (think of a Food for Less looking store with Tortillarias and a butcher in the carneceria, even though it was not any different than a regular butcher shop). Some closed permanently, like Montebello's Tianguis.

Many of those Vons were utimately closed. Two (Montebello and East LA) became Superior Food.

greebs
Full Member
Posts: 70
Joined: 25 Mar 2006 00:03
Location: Los Angeles

Post by greebs » 25 Mar 2006 16:07

Tiangus opened in 1986 i think in Montebello, then Boy's Market followed with the Viva store. The concept didn't work back then, but it would now. I also believed the Tiangus stores were converted Vons stores. I don't think they were built from scratch.

klkla
Senior Member
Posts: 331
Joined: 29 Jun 2006 18:39

Post by klkla » 29 Jun 2006 19:14

The Tianguis stores initially did very well, but during a labor protest relating to grapes Vons made the decision to have Ceasar Chavez arrested at one of the stores (in Highland Park if I remember correctly). The publicity in the Spanish media was very bad and sales started falling rapidly and they gave up on the format a couple years later. Some were closed outright and some were converted to Vons.

javelin
Senior Member
Posts: 143
Joined: 23 May 2006 16:28

Post by javelin » 30 Jun 2006 22:16

klkla wrote:The Tianguis stores initially did very well, but during a labor protest relating to grapes Vons made the decision to have Ceasar Chavez arrested at one of the stores (in Highland Park if I remember correctly). The publicity in the Spanish media was very bad and sales started falling rapidly and they gave up on the format a couple years later. Some were closed outright and some were converted to Vons.
And some were converted to Expo, that failed soon after. The old Expo in Victorville, CA (previously a Phar Mor) sat vacant for many years and is now a Hispanic market. The Tiangus idea may have been ahead of its time, now that Hispanic stores have really taken off in California.

mgrmk
Full Member
Posts: 29
Joined: 04 Jul 2006 15:42
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Post by mgrmk » 21 Jul 2006 20:28

There was a Tianguis in San Fernando that was originally a Safeway and became a Vons for a short time before Tianguis.

J-Man
Senior Member
Posts: 136
Joined: 07 Jul 2006 00:14
Location: Duarte, CA

Tianguis

Post by J-Man » 21 Jul 2006 22:05

I vaguely remember a Tianguis on Peck near Valley in El Monte, and perhaps also in the Baldwin Park Towne Center.

When I moved to the San Gabriel Valley in 1987, there was a Pantry Market near my house. I believe they were also owned by Vons, as were Williams Bros., a chain from the Central Coast area.

Jeff
Senior Member
Posts: 938
Joined: 21 Nov 2005 21:44

Post by Jeff » 22 Jul 2006 11:59

Whats funny is that Tianguis after it closed became a Kmart, and recently a Sears Essientials.

The Baldwin Park town Center was a Pavillions, later Vons, then the entire center torn down for a Home Depot.

Dean
Senior Member
Posts: 738
Joined: 11 Jan 2007 23:27

Post by Dean » 12 Jan 2007 00:15

I frequented the Montebello location often. As going to VONS today for a sandwich...Tianguis made burritos (et al) with fresh tortillas made on-site. Great lunch time!

ace51

Post by ace51 » 30 Jan 2007 00:37

Tinaguis was the Hispanic "Pavilions" for Vons. When I called on them at the El Monte Store, the margins they demanded were at the same level as Pavilions. Out to make the buck.....and screw the consumer. At the time...the "new" Hispanic Consumer. If they only knew.....lol

scanman2
Full Member
Posts: 87
Joined: 20 Sep 2007 18:43
Location: Inland Empire

Tianguis

Post by scanman2 » 15 Oct 2007 14:38

Superior Super Warehouse has 4 of the old Tianguis Stores 3 of them were opened by Superior in 1995, their first growth spurt, Cudahy (Atlantic & Florence), Montebello on Whittier Blvd, Huntington Park (Pacific & Belgrave) and a few years later East LA/Boyle Heights area on Cesar Chavez. My understanding is that the then President/CEO of Vons Bill Davilla opened these stores to cater to "his people". He was often seen in the stores especially the one in Cudahy on Sundays dropping by for menudo. Superior hired quite a few of their former employees and they stated the problem was that when the division was started, they had separate operations for supervision, hiring, buying, etc. and then Vons management absorbed operations into Vons and esentially lost business because the stores became a Vons in disguise especially with the pricing going up and selection which less reflected what the latino shoppers wanted to buy.

Post Reply