The date of the founding of this establishment was 1898, and it was already listed in 1899 in the municipal tax register as ‘Establecimiento de Abacería, de Antonio Artiante, Calle Panecitos nº. 8 y Flandes 1 y 2’.
(Grocery establishment, property of Antonio Artiante, Calle Panecitos No. 8 and Flandes 1 & 2.)
Later, the street numbers of the establishment were changed to Calle Flandes 1 & 3.
Grocery shops called ‘abacerías’ sold overseas imported products, wines and spirits.
That is, they were grocery shops, but they could sell products that came from Spanish colonies in America and Philippines.
Products such as Puerto Rican coffee, Cuban sugar, Jamaican rum, etc., were called ‘coloniales’ since they came from the colonies, and ‘ultramarinos’, as they came from overseas.
José María de Mena Clavo