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Plenty of Hispanic Businesses in Salisbury Indicate the Community's Growth

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SALISBURY, Md.- According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of Hispanics in Salisbury increased from 3% in 2000 to 7% in 2010. Hispanic businesses are plentiful in the area, meaning the population has continued to grow since.

Augustin Gonzales opened the doors to his business in 2013, but as the Hispanic community in Salisbury continues to grown so does the demand for his business. 

"Two years after I opened, I started to notice I didn't have space, I had to find a larger location to give my customers the best service, customers are always looking to be comfortable," he said. 

Augustin began to look for a new location, and eventually found the perfect place to expand "Tienda y Taqueria Gonzales", but the journey was difficult.

"I would work 12-14 hours, sometimes even 20 hours, saving up, little by little to achieve this dream," he said. 

His new space is double the size and he's happy to offer customers four services: Money transfers, a taqueria, sporting goods, and even a grocery store.

Gonzalez's business is only one example of the need for expansion following the increase is Hispanic population.

The Goliath shopping center is yet another testament to the growth.

Half of the businesses are Hispanic owned and one of those business's owner says the diversity is welcomed.

"Having a business in Salisbury is great because no matter where you are from everybody comes to support my business" said Ricardo Gonzalez, owner of a business in the Goliath shopping center.

And these businesses bring something with them.

"They're bringing more culture and allowing people to experience things they haven't before without leaving Salisbury," said Gerardo Sanchez, owner of Rosita's Taqueria y Restaurant. 

All in all, what this means for those who live in Salisbury, a bigger, more diverse place to call home.

 

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