True to our roots as a locally owned and operated business, we’ve always been committed to the communities we serve. With every visit to Co-op, you’re supporting Alberta agriculture, Western Canada products and the hardworking people behind it. Come in and taste the difference today.
Selling predominantly West African items, the shop shelves are lined with flours and grains, beans, palm oils, and frozen foods such as cassava leaves and chili peppers.
Upstairs boasts a little room full of Super Wax Hollandais fabrics, along side clothing, shoes and purses. Owner Enoch welcomes you in anytime!
Here you’ll find everything you need for a Middle Eastern feast, from fresh and dried dates to jars of baba ghanouj and hummus, pomagranate syrups and salad dressings, pickled turnips, rose water, bulk spices, grains and olives. There is also a dairy fridge stocked with phyllo, halal cheese and yogurt soda. At the back is a halal butchery with house-made sausages.
Born in Honduras, owner Luis Villatoro opened La Tiendona in Forest Lawn in 1993. The store sells authentic Latin American foods, most of which you won’t find in any big box grocery store in Calgary. You’ll find items here from countries such as Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina and Dominican Republic. There’s also a bulk section with sacks of lentils and flour, and large cans of jalapeos and beans.
La Tiendona is the kind of place where customers are greeted in Spanish and people stay a while, catching up like old friends. But there’s no need to be intimidated if it’s your first time, the English-speaking staff are happy to show you around and help you shop.