Corvallis South Side Market, which opened about a month ago, is positioned primarily as a wholesaler for restaurants and other businesses in the Corvallis area, said owner Manuel Moreno.

“All the small businesses in this area, they rely on deliveries, or they have to run out to Salem or Eugene,” Moreno said. “Our goal is to have enough so people don’t have to go out.”

But the market also acts as a de facto grocery store for South Corvallis, Moreno said, as it has milk, meats, fruit and vegetables and more for residents. People who live nearby won’t have to travel downtown or elsewhere if they need to pick up something quick.

“Southtown is kind of the left out part of the city sometimes. I think people have been asking for that for a long time,” Moreno said.

Moreno is convinced that South Corvallis will have a supermarket someday soon, so he’s not focusing on that area. But he knows that, at least on a temporary basis, the Corvallis South Side Market can fill part of that niche.

For restaurants and other businesses, the Corvallis South Side Market has to-go containers, paper towels, ethnic food ingredients, condiments and plenty of food.

Moreno’s businesses are well known to many Corvallis residents, even if they might not recognize him.

He also started Tacos Uruapan in South Corvallis in 1995, but sold that restaurant. Seven years ago, he bought it back and changed the name to Burrito Heaven.

Moreno, his partner, Virginia Gonzales de Moreno, and three children help run the businesses, so they have four workers not in the family for now.

Corvallis South Side Market, 1750 SW Third St. Suite A, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week, except for Sunday, when the shop is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Moreno wants to extend those hours in the future.

For more information on the business, call 541-230-1768.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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