How their San Fernando restaurant became a mini-market to help the community – Daily News

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The coronavirus outbreak complicating shopping for many of their customers, Chris and Magaly Colelli, owners of Magaly’s Tamales in San Fernando, listened to many complain that they were having a hard time finding rice and beans, staple items for the predominantly Latino populated city.

“Beans and rice were the first things we started out with because we saw that there was a need for that,” said Magaly, who described how they’d sell key uncooked ingredients for the entrees they’d generally prepare at their eatery.

Soon, customers began asking for other things.

They sought butter, milk, produce, eggs and tortillas. So  the couple tapped their restaurant food suppliers to stock those items in bulk  for their customers — and offer them for sale at their wholesale cost.

“We added all the basic essentials that people were needing in their homes,” said Magaly.

Ronnica Garcia, from Sylmar, took a moment to praise the restaurant turned mini-grocery store.

“This is the first time I’ve been able to get eggs; everything has been scarce, this is amazing what they are doing for the community.”

Chris spent over 30-years as a police officer with the city, recently retiring as a lieutenant.

Magaly was born and raised in the community along with her five children and two grandchildren.



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