MOORHEAD — La Unica Mexican Market will soon be opening a storefront on the western side of the Red River, building permit records indicate.
La Unica was issued a permit to fit-up a storefront located at 1531 University Drive S. at a cost of $385,000. The application was filed March 29 and the permit was issued April 6. A subsequent permit issued to install a three-compartment sink indicated that La Unica was moving in.
A La Unica employee confirmed to The Forum that the Mexican restaurant and store would indeed be opening in Fargo, however several inquiries for more details from owner Amy Espinoza went unanswered.
Construction is in progress at the small storefront adjacent to the Domino's in the strip mall, as La Unica has passed rough electrical and framing inspections, records show. Contractors were seen working at the location Tuesday afternoon, May 4.
Espinoza bought La Unica — which originally opened in the 1990s as the Jimenez Tortilla Factory — in March of 2013. The Moorhead High School graduate and native of Big Wells, Texas, has operated the store in Moorhead's industrial park ever since.
La Unica still makes tortillas, which are sold in store and at other grocery stores across the Red River Valley. The restaurant also offers boxed meals such as enchiladas, tacos, tamales and quesadillas as well as Mexican goods.
Whether or not La Unica's Moorhead location would be closing as a result of opening a new store front in Fargo is unclear, though permit records indicate that food sold in Fargo would be prepared in Moorhead and subsequently heated in Fargo.