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18. January 2019 · Comments Off on Casa Martin Closes · Categories: Beach Reads The Blog

Today one of the mainstays of Puerto Morelos, Casa Martin will close. Friday, January 18, 2019, is the last day of business for the little corner store.

Casa Martin 1988 After Hurricane Gilbert. (courtesy of Family Röm)

Casa Martin has been a fixture in the community for over 37 years. If you do not know the store, it is located on the main town square just under the restaurant La Sirena, a stone’s throw from the pier and the famous leaning lighthouse.

Casa Martin 1991. (Courtesy of Family Röm)

The building is owned by Jesús “Pepe” Espinoza who came here with his family in 1981. For years Casa Martin was the largest mini super in the town.

Our best memory of the tienda was after Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Puerto Morelos had no electricity and was almost cut off from the outside world, but Casa Martin still managed to open, with a big generator, and provide locals with groceries and best of all, much needed cold beer!

Another nice service was enabling locals to sell their wares in the store. Dieter’s bread for example, was a popular staple, you can now buy his bread directly from him by contacting him through his website.

But as the town has grown, more options for groceries have become available to the people of Puerto Morelos. The need for Casa Martin has diminished. This combined with the fact that the owner can be more profitable by renting out the space, led to its closure.

So today we say “adios” to Casa Martin.

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