The Hispanic community is continuing its strong influence on the U.S. retail and food systems. La Familia Distributors, which sells Hispanic foods and consumer products, will open six club stores in North Texas next year. 

  The first store is set to open Jan. 15 in a predominantly Hispanic area of Dallas, which also is the headquarters for La Familia’s main distribution center. The company’s regional manager, David Cardile, says La Familia is looking for similar-sized operations in other areas of Dallas, as well as Fort Worth and nearby suburbs.

La Familia, whose product line includes dry foods, ships throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Mississippi and Nevada. The company’s customer base includes convenience stores, schools, restaurants and wholesale club stores such as Sam's Club and Costco.