Lo­cal His­panic busi­ness­man helps create more Jobs

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

ENGLISH Some peo­ple may think that only the big­gest com­pa­nies are the ones able to change the fate of the work­ing in­dus­try, but some­times we are not aware that lo­cal en­trepreneurs shape Tulsa every sin­gle day. This is the case with An­to­nio Perez, well-known for his chain of “Las Amer­i­cas” su­per­mar­kets.

La Se­m­ana had the chance to in­ter­view Perez, one of the most prom­i­nent busi­ness­men of the city, an im­por­tant ref­er­ent of the His­panic Com­mu­nity and a per­son with more than 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the cre­ation of new jobs.

Perez re­called the first time he de­cided to open a su­per­mar­ket, back in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, but in 2003 he re­al­ized that he needed a change. He was look­ing for a city that could give him op- por­tu­ni­ties while a good stan­dard of liv­ing and a safe en­vi­ron­ment for his fam­ily. And so he came to Tulsa, where in 2003 he opened the first mar­ket, one that would even­tu­ally be­come a chain.

“Time flew and I re­al­ized that we had only one su­per­mar­ket for a huge pop­u­la­tion full of needs,” Perez ex­plained. “We didn’t have enough cashiers and peo­ple had to wait in line for al­most one hour to pay; it was too crowded. This made me think about my new pro­ject, a sec­ond ‘Las Amer­i­cas.’

Fi­nally he made it to six su­per­mar­kets, three restau­rants, a car deal­er­ship, two ra­dio sta­tions and a tor­tilla fac­tory, all busi­ness di­rectly re­lated to the His­panic com­mu­nity.

Over the years Perez has cre­ated al­most 250 new jobs, all of which con­trib­ute to the well-be­ing of 250 fam­i­lies.

Perez also told us some great news – by the end of the year he will be open­ing a new Las Amer­i­cas su­per­mar­ket at 21st and Gar­nett.

And yet Perez is about a lot more than just busi­ness; he is one of the main con­trib­u­tors to char­ity here in Tulsa. Every year, he is in charge of the do­na­tion of hun­dreds of toys that make Christ­mas hap­pier for those who have noth­ing. He has also been in­volved in dif­fer­ent health pro­grams that help cover the cost of health care for those who can’t af­ford it, and now is plan­ning to build a small con­do­minium to help the city face the lack of hous­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Perez has a tire­less mind, full of projects wait­ing to greet the world and fu­ture goals to be achieved. La Se­m­ana oud to con­sider An­to­nio Perez a good friend, a strong leader of the His­panic com­mu­nity who keeps work­ing for a bet­ter Tulsa. (La Se­m­ana)

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