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Founder Don Francisco Galvan was born in a small town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. In 1955 he immigrated to the United States and found himself in the Los Angeles area with only ten dollars in his pocket and not knowing a word of English. By 1961 Don Francisco and his eldest son, Carlos, began a small "Mom and Pop" business together. It started out as a small deli with one case that consisted of cheese, chorizo and salsa. They sold only a few of these items along with prepared menudo, carnitas, hand made tortillas and tamales. This small authentic Mexican deli later built its own reputation and grew into a prosperous and well respected company in the tortilla industry. Don Francisco Galvan in 1970 left his legacy behind to his oldest son Carlos B. Galvan. Carlos Galvan has taken La Amapola to new lengths in which he has created a tortilla factory, full service meat market, bakery, service deli and grocery store in one. Mr. Galvan's intention is to grow with his concept along side with the particular needs of the rapidly growing Hispanic population.

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