Tempe chorizo ​​spot Bill’s Market closes after over 60 years

Bonnie Gonzales got in line at 5 am on Friday at Bill’s Market in Tempe hoping to get a portion of their famous chorizo ​​before the business closes on Saturday, June 18.

She was among the last customers to get chorizo, which sold out by 10 am However, Gonzales said the nearly 5-hour wait was worth it.

“Bills Markets’ is the only chorizo ​​I’ve ever eaten,” she said. “It’s about the taste, the hotness of it, it’s just got a flavor to it.”

Gonzales said Friday was the third consecutive day she came into the market to get chorizo ​​for her and her family since learning the business would close after 60 years, as it has been a longtime favorite.

“I’m very sad about it closing, but I’m happy for them, they’re such good people, and it’s time. Over 60 years is a long run.”

After 62 years the family is retiring from Bill's Market in Tempe.  Vicki Sims was one of the last customers to get chorizo ​​after waiting hours in line.  The market sold out of their specialty before 10 am on June 17, 2022.

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According to Bobby Figueroa, the market’s owner, what makes the chorizo ​​special lies within the top-secret recipe that has been in his family for about 62 years.

He said the recipe was passed on to him and his wife by his uncle Bill, whom the market is named after.

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