Betzabe Zepeda prepares Blue Masa tamales at the Tucson Tamale Company. Tucson Tamales has leased a warehouse in order to double their production of hand made tamales in the next year to four million. When it reaches full capacity they are expected to make 20 million. The new warehouse, including freezers, refrigerators and work space is 8,000 square feet, said owner Todd Martin.

After almost 10 years on East Broadway, Tucson Tamale Company announced on Facebook Sunday that it is closing its original location.

The anticipated widening of Broadway is prompting the need to close the store, located near Tucson Boulevard, owner Todd Martin said in the post. Its last day will be Sept. 23, 10 years and two days after it originally opened, the post said.

Their other two locations, at 7159 E. Tanque Verde Road and 7286 N. Oracle Road, will remain open, Martin said.

In addition, Tucson Tamale Company has an online business that is slated to ship more than 10,000 boxes of tamales by the end of this year, and a retail presence in over 2,500 grocery stores around the country, Martin said. 

On its last two days, Sept. 22 and 23, the store will be offering two-for-one dine-in meals and a buy-one-get-one meal deal on take-out two packs (limited to 3 orders), Martin said. 

Martin said he and his wife anticipate being there on the last day to greet their loyal patrons.

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Once the Broadway expansion is completed, Martin said, he hopes to return to the same location.