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Local Store Information Related to COVID-19

The number one priority of Cardenas Markets has always been the health and safety of our team members and the community. When informed of a confirmed or suspected instance of COVID-19 within one of our stores, we follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the directives issued by local, state and national authorities. This includes immediately advising Team Members who have had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days. Impacted stores are deep cleaned by professionals and then restocked. Cardenas Markets works closely with local health officials to determine if additional measures are necessary. All Team Members are fully supported throughout this process.

After rigorous sanitation procedures the following Cardenas Markets locations have reopened:

STORE 27 – 4500 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121

A team member who was last in the store on May 29 has tested positive.

STORE 38 – 2545 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas 89169

A team member who was last in the store on May 19 has tested positive.

STORE 213 – 2107 Solano Ave, Vallejo CA 94590

A team member who was last in the store on May 24 has tested positive.

STORE 23 – 1620 N Imperial Ave, El Centro, CA 92243

Our most recent positive test notification was on May 30, and the Team Member was last in the store on May 26.

STORE 216 – 330 Bellam Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901

A team member who was last in the store on May 16 has tested positive.

STORE 30 – 4700 Meadows Ln., Las Vegas 89107

Our most recent positive test notification was on May 26, and the Team Member was last in the store on May 25.

STORE 18 – 50037 Harrison St. Coachella, CA 92236

Our most recent positive test notification was on May 22, and the Team Member was last in the store on May 20.

STORE 210 – 1630 High Street, Oakland, CA 94601

Our most recent positive test notification was on June 3, and the Team Member was last in the store on May 29.

STORE 34 – 2300 N. Imperial Hwy, Calexico, CA 92231

Our most recent positive test notification was on May 21, and the Team Member was last in the store on May 20.

Cardenas Markets continues to take strong, proactive measures to enhance the health of both our valued customers and Team Members. The following operational changes have been implemented:

  • Adjusted hours where necessary in order to give our team members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day.
  • Reserved the first shopping hour of the day for senior customers, their caretakers, and first responders to offer them priority access to the store and our products before it opens to the general public.
  • Safety Teams have been created to continue deep cleaning efforts. They’re often found cleaning cart handles, frequently touched surfaces and high traffic areas of the store.
  • Hand gloves are readily available to all Team Members.
  • Face coverings are worn by all Team Members (we are also asking all customers and vendor partners to wear a face covering in order to enter our stores).
  • Implemented crowd control protocols including a customer capacity limit.
  • Provided social distancing guidance to our customers and Team Members.
  • Installed a clear plexiglass at all checkout lanes in order to provide a barrier between customers and our Team Members.
  • Ensured hand sanitizer is available to our customers in a visible area at the entrances of our stores.
  • Temporarily closing self-serve areas of the store, including our hot bars, salad bars and salsa bars.
  • Cardenas' Cocinas are offering takeout only, and any seating area is closed to the public.
  • Prohibiting use of personal shopping bags.
  • Bulk grains (i.e. rice, beans, hibiscus flowers, tamarind) are now pre-bagged.

Cardenas Markets will continue to serve the communities where our stores are located, while continuously enhancing our protection and educational efforts to promote safe conditions for our Team Members and customers. We’re grateful to have the support of the communities we serve during these challenging times and promise to do all we can to help flatten the curve.

If you have questions, please contact Marisa Kutansky at mkutansky@cmkts.com or 909.923.7426 Ext. 1414


THANK YOU, Cardenas Team Members!

Our team members are heroes on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic making sure our community is fed and healthy during this crisis. We are extremely proud of them. To thank them and ensure that they have the resources they need to stay strong, Cardenas Markets is announcing new Team Member rewards and an Appreciation payment.

Hourly Team Members who joined Cardenas Markets on or before March 9th will receive the following on April 3, 2020:

  • $100 for Store and Warehouse Team Members who worked more than 24 hours over the past 4 weeks
  • $50 for Store and Warehouse Team Members who worked less than 24 hours over the past 4 weeks
  • $50 for Support Center Team Members

We are also increasing the Cardenas Markets discount for all Team Members from 10% to 20% from March 28 to April 30, and will be providing lunch to our in-store Team Members while they are at work.

Cardenas Markets Team Members, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO!


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Cardenas Markets expanding west to Orange, Los Angeles counties

The Ontario-based Hispanic grocery chain will open a Whittier location next spring with more coastal stores to come.

By JACK KATZANEK  |  The Press Enterprise

PUBLISHED: November 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm | UPDATED: November 15, 2019 at 6:57 am

Cardenas Markets, a fixture of the Inland Empire’s grocery scene for 38 years, is setting out on a westward expansion.

The Latino-themed supermarket chain, which operates 59 stores, has never had a location west of Pomona. That will change in May when Cardenas opens its doors in Whittier.

That store, using 34,642 square feet in a former Stater Bros. at 11750 Whittier Blvd., will not be the last one Cardenas adds in the coastal areas of Southern California, said Marco Robles, Cardenas’ public affairs director. The store will employ about 120 people.

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Cardenas Markets first store west of Pomona will open in May 2020 in Whittier. The store is being developed in a former Stater Bros. at 11750 Whittier Blvd. (Rendering courtesy of Cardenas Markets)

“This is the first of many more to come,” Robles said, though he declined to specify which cities the company was considering.

Robles said Cardenas has been expanding at a clip of about four stores a year. In May the company announced it would open locations in Victorville, Concord, Tucson and Las Vegas before the end of this year, and in Montclair in 2020. The Las Vegas store will be Cardenas’ fifth in that city. Tucson will represent its first foray into Arizona.

The move to Los Angeles and Orange counties represents a significant acceleration to that expansion, he said.

“We certainly see the opportunities there, with the demographics of the coastal areas,” Robles said. “It is obviously very much a part of our outreach.”

The announcement of Cardenas’ move westward comes as another Latino supermarket chain, Anaheim-based Northgate Gonzalez Markets, moves east with a new store coming Riverside, its first Inland Empire location. All of Northgate’s 40 stores are in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

In a statement, John Gomez, CEO of Cardenas Markets, said that while Southern California is the largest Hispanic market in the country, the expansions of both chains are indicative that ethnic groceries are gaining popularity among a wide variety of shoppers.

“Both Cardenas and Northgate Gonzalez appeal to a whole united nations of shoppers now,” said Burt Flickinger III, a retail analyst for Strategic Resource Group. “Both companies are spectacularly successful in Southern California, and this is a perfect time for them to expand.”

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Flickinger said he would not be surprised if these chains expanded across the Sun Belt or even further east. He added that other ethnic groceries, including Asian-themed chains such as 99 Ranch Market and Hawaii Supermarket, also are drawing shoppers.

At the same time, he said, some of the more traditional markets are struggling. Flickinger cited the bankruptcy of Haggen and the closure of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy as examples.

The stores with big expansion plans often started small.

“Most of these ethic markets started with one little store, or with a corner vegetable stand,” Flickinger said.

Such is the history of Cardenas. Jesus Cardenas, an immigrant farmworker, traded some tools for a pregnant pig back in the mid-1970s. That led to a successful pig farm in Corona and ultimately a 4,000-square-foot store in 1981 in Ontario. Cardenas died in 2013.

The company was sold to investment house KKR in 2016, although the Cardenas family continues to run the company. A year later, KKR bought another Latino chain, Mi Pueblo, out of bankruptcy and merged it with Cardenas, which now operates Bay Area-based Mi Pueblo’s stores.

According to a statement released by KKR at the time, the merger created one of the country’s largest Hispanic supermarket chains.

Cardenas announced in May it would be enhancing its stores by adding coffee bars and fast-casual restaurants. Popular among customers are its cuts of fresh meat and seafood, and its bakery and pastry departments, along with scratch-made tortillas.

We would like to notify customers that our 1070 S. White Road location is temporarily closed for precautionary cleaning and sanitation due to a Team Member’s confirmed case of COVID-19. As soon as the store is deemed fully cleaned and restocked we plan to reopen.



The Team Member’s last day worked was March 28th, 2020. We encourage customers who visited the store over the 14-day period ending on March 28th and have health related concerns to contact the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department information line, by dialing 2-1-1.



Our focus remains on doing whatever is necessary to safeguard the health and safety of our Team Members and Customers.