Fiesta Mart acquiring 11 Minyard, Sun Fresh supermarkets

Fiesta Mart is buying nine Minyard stores in North Texas.
Fiesta Mart is buying nine Minyard stores in North Texas. Star-Telegram

Fiesta Mart is expanding its presence in North Texas, acquiring nine Minyard supermarkets and two Sun Fresh Market locations, the supermarket companies said Thursday.

Two of the stores are in Tarrant County, a Minyard at 6324 Meadowbrook Drive in Fort Worth, and a former Sun Fresh Market at 3300 Harwood Road in Bedford, which closed earlier this year. Six stores are in Dallas, and one each in Waxahachie, Balch Springs and Lancaster.

Houston-based Fiesta, which carries groceries geared to the Hispanic market, has six stores in Fort Worth and one in Arlington, according to its website. With the acquisition, Fiesta will have 70 stores in Texas.

“We are excited to welcome Minyard Food Stores to the Fiesta family. This action reinforces the strategic growth plan we put forth early last year,” said Michael Byars, CEO at Fiesta, who worked for Minyard last decade including three years as CEO.

The Bedford store was a former Tom Thumb supermarket. It was among a dozen area Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores that were sold last year in the merger of Albertsons and Safeway.

Eight remaining Sun Fresh Markets in North Texas, including one at 4000 William D. Tate Ave. in Grapevine, are owned by RLS Supermarkets of Carrollton and will no longer be affiliated with Minyard, the company said in a statement.