Violence Driving Juarez Businesses to El Paso
POSTED: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 6:32pm
EL PASO - Lunchtime at Taqueria Paly is no longer a dangerous proposition.
The greasy fried flautas not bullets are the only potential health hazard now that the popular restaurant moved its primary location from Juarez to El Paso 5 months ago.
And its customers couldn't be happier.
"It's just safer," Shady Rodriguez said. "Same price so its really good and its better for El Paso. More business, more attractions."
More and more businesses have fled Juarez in favor of El Paso since the drug violence began to escalate in 2008.
" A lot of the businesses are moving here," Luis Gonzalez said. "Many businesses from Juarez have been coming over in the last probably 2 and a half years."
Gabriel Cereceres, the owner of Taqueria Paly, says he tried to protect his family business in Juarez by hiring more security guards and closing early but the danger just kept getting worse.
And when his uncle was kidnapped for ransom last year, that was the last straw.
Still he says the extortion threats he received were common occurence for every business owner in Juarez.