Calls and emails to Poco Loco were not returned.
The City of Waco approved a waiver in 2018 allowing Poco Loco to sell alcohol for consumption elsewhere, the waiver needed because it will operate within 300 feet of Provident Heights Elementary School.
Poco Loco will operate in a North Waco corridor teeming with Hispanic-owned businesses. The Town of Waco is also building a new fire hall in the hallway, where it razed the historic 25th Street Theater which opened in 1945 but closed as a theater in 1982. It then resurfaced as that dance club, but fell into disrepair.
La Michoacana Meat Market is a full-service grocery chain based in Houston. He’s going up with a store in the 2200 block of West Waco Drive, next to the Ranchito 5 Tex-Mex restaurant. La Michoacana did not return calls for comment, but the company’s website says it offers marinated meats, dairy, Mexican candy, produce, baked goods, health and beauty products and products from Central and South America. It also operates taquerias.
Work teams are sporadically seen on the site. Calls to determine the pace of construction have not been returned. One of the many people gathered at the site on Saturday said the store could be ready for occupancy by December.
A file with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation identifies the store owner as Rafael Ortega of Houston. It states that the start date is November 16, 2020 and the completion date is May 21, 2021 or four months ago.