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Written by Chris Lee   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 16:55

Meats, fruits and vegetables are items Amanda’s Market, located at 440 E. Denver St., hopes to have available Saturday, Dec. 3 when the closed sign is turned to open.

Owner Ramón Dominguez said Saturday is a day he has been thinking about and working toward for a long, long time.

I want to open,” Dominguez said with anticipation. After years of saving money and gathering the pieces, he is almost ready to open his front door.

The meat display case at Amanda’s Market will be the first thing people see as they enter the door. Owner Ramón Dominguez hopes to be open for business Saturday, Dec. 3. Initially, the market will sell meats, fruits and vegetables.       —Enterprise photo

Amanda’s Market gets its name from Ramon’s late wife, Amanda, who was killed in an automobile accident in October 2000. The store will offer meats, fruits and vegetables to begin with. Shortly after opening, Dominguez hopes to get his kitchen up and running which will provide items such as pork rinds and carnitas (small fried pieces of meat).

He also looks forward to offering fast foods such as burritos and barbecue. “We want to try and stay with 100 percent Mexican foods,” Dominguez said, although they plan to offer some American style foods.

Another item Amanda’s Market hopes to offer is tropo for tacos and tortas al Pastor. This is a stack of different meats on a rotating spike that is cooked and then shaved off.

The idea is to stop in and grab a quick meal. There will be some seating for those who want to sit and chat while they enjoy their meal.

On down the road, Dominguez said he hopes to remodel the area on the west side of the building to allow for more seating. It will be then that he will offer roasted chicken and different types of roasted chiles and peppers.

Dominguez has lived in Holyoke since 1975 and said this has been a dream of his and his wife’s since 1984. His original plan was to save up enough money to open a similar store in Mexico. In 1986 he returned to Mexico but realized he still didn’t have enough money to live out his dream. “It only took 35 years,” Dominguez said with a chuckle.

Since 2001, he has owned the building which has been home to a car dealership as well as Holyoke Alternative School. Dominguez really began making progress three years ago when the floors, drains, plumbing and electricity were updated.

He said he is getting to the age where it would be nice to work for himself and he hopes the market is something his family can have for years.

Initially, four or five people—mainly family—will be employed at Amanda’s Market, but Dominguez said as the business grows, so will the number of jobs.

Tentatively, Amanda’s Market hopes to be open from 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. every day of the week. He hopes those leaving town early in the morning will stop in and grab their meals for the work day.

Dominguez can be reached at 520-9132.

Holyoke Enterprise December 1, 2011