El Almacén Inglés
Our history is that of the immigrant families. It began somewhere in the region of León, Spain, a place known as Los barrios de la Luna. Hidden among green valleys and considered birthplace of shepherds and peasants, the villages called Sena and Abelgas are the origin of América Pampa. It was among those mountains that the dream we are part of at present started.
At the end of the 19th Century, the Fernández brothers left their hometown and arrived in our country; they established El Almacén Inglés, a general store with branches in the cities of Alberti, Chivilcoy, América and General Pico. Some years later and also coming from Spain, Evaristo Álvarez arrived in this country too. He was Germán’s grandfather’s uncle, the first general manager and later the owner of El Almacén Inglés located in América.
Those same mountains are the place from which our grandfather left when he was eleven, dreaming about building his future in América. When he arrived, he started working as an apprentice sales assistant at his uncle Evaristo’s shop. Later, all his brothers followed his steps.
El Almacén Inglés was, by that time, the meeting point for the hopes of progress and life plans of those two families to such an extent that, some years later, our grandfather Germán Álvarez started his own family getting married with Teresa, the daughter of Nemesio Fernández, who was one of the shop founders.
That shop was the meeting point for the neighbors in the newborn América city, too. At El Inglés, people could buy food and clothes, ironmongery supplies, and farm machinery; they could also sell the products from their lands and buy seeds, agrochemicals and fuel. El Inglés also served as a bank, receiving deposits from its customers, which shows how much they trusted us all along the story of América Pampa.