Local Hispanic businessman helps create more Jobs
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)