Everyone loves taco truck; it’s ousted anyway
Monday apparently was the last day selling tacos from Glenwood Springs’ Rite Aid parking lot for Jaime Salazar, who had parked his food truck there for about five years. His food had become popular with Glenwood Springs High School students and many others.
Rite Aid store manager Justin Lyons said Monday that Rite Aid executives had not wanted Salazar to remove his taco truck from the lot entirely. They requested only that he move it away from the red Rite Aid sign, Lyons said.
He said that a female employee from Crystal Property Management, not owner Justin Windholz, sent an email saying the taco truck must leave completely. Someone in Rite Aid corporate then told Lyons he had to comply with the property manager’s wishes, he said.
Lyons said these emails were sent more than 60 days ago, and his Rite Aid email account automatically deletes emails after 60 days. He said he and his district manager were trying to track them down to prove it was the property manager who booted Salazar off the lot.
He said he gave Salazar a month’s notice to leave; Salazar’s daughter told the PI that her father first was told by Rite Aid to leave immediately, then was allowed to stay a week.
Windholz, meanwhile, was adamant Monday that it was Rite Aid’s decision. “That guy’s been there for a while, and we’ve never really cared,” Windholz said last week.
Salazar was not on a lease, but was paying Rite Aid monthly to be there.
News of the truck’s ouster sparked an outpouring of support, with Saturday’s Post Independent story shared more than 500 times and comments running heavily in favor of Salazar.
A teacher from Glenwood Springs High School encouraged his class to write letters protesting Salazar’s ouster from the Rite Aid lot. When his class hand-delivered the letters Monday to Crystal Property Management, the teacher said the letters were given back “in a not-so-nice way” without being read.
Lyons said he, too, was visited by Glenwood High students on Monday.
According to Lyons, he and his district manager would call Salazar in a heartbeat if the situation with Crystal Property Management changed.
“We both feel bad because at the end of the day, he bettered Rite Aid,” Lyons said of Salazar.
At the end of the day Monday, though, a woman who identified herself as Salazar’s wife told the Post Independent that the truck was to be hauled away Tuesday. She said the family might seek a different location but wasn’t sure.
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