Solorzano recognized as Central Bank’s Payson Citizen of the Quarter
Central Bank recently honored Roberto Solorzano for the positive impact he’s had on the Payson community by presenting him with the Central Bank Good Citizen Award. Solorzano received the award on Thursday, March 26, at noon at an open house at Central Bank in Payson.
Solorzano was born in El Salvador and spent the majority of his life living in Los Angeles, Calif. After making one visit to see his brother, who lives in Payson and owns Mi Rancherito, Roberto made the move from Los Angeles to Payson in 2002. Having always wanted to start his own business, Solorzano saw the perfect opportunity to do so when he arrived here. Since there wasn’t a Latin American grocery store with imported ethnic foods in the community, he opened up Mercasol Inc. to fill that gap 13 years ago.
“Payson is such a nice little town and a good place to live. It’s peaceful and safe for the family,” said Solorzano, speaking to some of the benefits of relocating to Payson. “The people here make anyone feel like part of the town right away — they’re so friendly you feel like you’ve known them your whole life!”
After opening Mercasol, Solorzano started to look at boosting one of his favorite hobbies in the community: soccer. He noticed Payson citizens were traveling to Provo/Orem to play, but that there were no local leagues, so he decided to address that too by working with Payson City to start a local soccer league that is still going strong today. Playing outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter, there is no age limit and no tryouts. Anyone is welcome to play. Simply put a team together and register at Mercasol to get in on the fun.
“Find something you love, then find people who share that love and work together to create something others can become a part of as well,” said Solorzano to anyone wanting to incorporate anything new into the Payson community.
“I would like to thank the community for all its support. From the bank, to the city administrators, to the citizens, I have received so much support for my business and the soccer league. The support has allowed me to continue to do what I love and I am so grateful,” said Solorzano.
Roberto Solorzano of El Mercasol was presented recently with the Payson Central Bank’s Good Citizen Award.