The Grand Canyon State’s leading privately held grocer earlier this month unveiled fully remodeled and remerchandised stores in the Native American communities of Whiteriver and Tuba City, both of which feature a variety of updates and expanded features along with an elevated focus on healthy food offerings.
Bashas unveiled a fully remodeled and remerchandised supermarket at Highway 73 and Main Street in Whiteriver, Ariz. Festivities kicked off with an invocation. Representatives of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and members of the Basha family were on hand for the ceremony and ribbon cutting. Tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood and district council tribe representatives were honored as special guests at the event.
Edward “Trey” Basha III, president and CEO of Chandler, Ariz.-based Bashas' Family of Stores, greeted patrons of the company's remodeled Whiteriver store during the grand reopening celebration, which continued throughout the day with raffles for items such as a bicycle and an ice chest, along with food sampling and product demonstrations.
Bashas' associates and community leaders gather for a group photo outside of the retailer's new Whiteriver store, which has new exterior elements such as an updated storefront and street signage, a new roof, freshly poured sidewalks and a newly paved parking lot. There's also a new delivery dock and enhanced security doors at the rear of the building.
Bashas’ remodeled Whiteriver store features the masterwork of award-winning Apache artists Michael Lacapa (1955-2005) and Douglas Miles (1963), both of whom spent a significant amount of time in the Whiteriver community, sharing the joy of their artistry in and out of the classroom.
Bashas’ Dine Markets newly renovated Tuba City store includes enhanced self-serve cases in the bakery department for easier access to pastries, baked goods, breads and doughnuts, along with a new frozen bakery section for ice cream cakes and an area where customers can watch cake decorators at work.
The Navajo Nation has greater access to healthy, nutritious food choices now that Bashas’ Dine Markets has opened its newly renovated Tuba City, Ariz., location at Highway 160 and Highway 264. In addition to extensive upgrades that were made throughout the store, Bashas’ introduced a larger produce department along with an increased amount and variety of healthy meal options. The larger produce department features easier access to convenient grab-and-go options such as precut fruit, along with a new salad case, a new wet rack, a new floral case and new dry good and refrigerated cases.