Tacotote, Dairy Queen, and Blake’s Lotaburger are but a few of the El Paso businesses that have closed this year in El Paso, TX.

Just last week, we heard that more restaurants were closed or were planning on closing their doors to the public.

Before the pandemic, many big chain retailers and restaurants such as J.C. Penney, Luby’s, and even Payless Shoe Source were closing stores down across America. Now, our current economy is being crushed by the enduring coronavirus, and more businesses are grappling to stay afloat.

Stein Mart

Stein Mart in West El Paso is getting ready to close while the one at the Fountains at Farah has already closed.

Pier 1 Imports

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Pier 1 Imports is also closing down, and according to CNN - The retailer is looking to "close down" the brand asap because of the pandemic and for not being able to find a buyer.

Tacotote

After 24 years and the first Tacotote location in El Paso near UTEP has closed its doors. While it has closed its doors, for now, Tacotote is currently looking for a new location to open up.

Blake’s Lotaburger

No word as to why Blake’s Lotaburger in west El Paso has closed, but its other two El Paso locations are still open.

Souper Salad

All-you-can-eat buffet-style eateries may be getting shut out as the pandemic continues as Souper Salad has closed both its locations in West and East El Paso. It’s also worth noting that another buffet-style restaurant, Golden Corral, has now re-opened, and time will tell how successful they are at remaining open.

Dairy Queen

Open since the 70s, the Dairy Queen off Piedras St. closed yesterday, posting on Facebook that they had closed due to a third rent hike this year.

Rent hikes, poor sales, and a looming virus are severely affecting local businesses, and sadly this may be the beginning of more closures to come unless we find a better way to come out ahead of this deadly pandemic for the betterment of our health and our economy.