At number 11 Lepanto Street, now Progreso Street, Ourense, Francisco de las Cuevas y Cabo chose premises to open a small family food business. As time passed, that grocery shop became the seed that would grow into the Grupo Cuevas that we know today.
Francisco de las Cuevas was a Castilian merchant who used to travel to Vigo every year on his cart to buy oil. On the way back he would make the usual stops to sell the product and spend the night. He was so successful, that he used to run out of oil to sell by the time he arrived in Ourense. This led him to decide to settle in the city and set up the small grocery store.