Mario’s WestSide Market Prepares for Major Expansion

Mario’s will offer the same groceries and soul-food dishes in a new location with double the retail space
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Located at 1960 N Martin Luther King Blvd., Mario’s WestSide Market offers a hot foods menu, along with produce, a meat counter, and other groceries to the West Las Vegas community. The market is now preparing to relocate to an adjacent space, where it will have double the floor space.

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“Right now we have about sixteen feet of produce. It will be sixty,” owner Mario Berlanga told What Now on Friday. “Right now, our aisles are about twenty to twenty-five feet long; they’ll be fifty-five feet long.”

In the new space, which will also feature a new fresh bakery, guests can still expect the same hot soul-food dishes, including appetizers like Hush Puppies and Fried Okra; barbecue entrees like Smoked Ribs and a Pulled Pork Sandwich; and Platters featuring catfish and other fish, along with sides like Collard Greens, Candied Yams, and Mac & Cheese. The new location will also feature a drive-thru.

“Mario’s is more than just a grocery store,” Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II said in recent coverage by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s a place you can actually see community building.”

As part of its service to the community, Mario’s will also accept WIC, the program that helps mothers get access to baby food and baby formula, which will make a huge difference for those living nearby, who otherwise have to leave the neighborhood in order to take advantage of those benefits.

To top it off, the new, bigger space also means more jobs.

“We’re going to employ another twenty to twenty-five people,” Berlanga said. “We have about forty employees now, so it’ll be a total of sixty-five to seventy.”

95% of those employees, Berlanga added, will come from within the community.

Mario’s WestSide Market is currently waiting on permits to begin construction on the new location and is hoping to open those new doors this August.

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
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