Members of the Gitanmaax community and the elected band council gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new wholesale grocery store to be built beside the current gas bar.

Members of the Gitanmaax community and the elected band council gather to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new wholesale grocery store to be built beside the current gas bar.

Gitanmaax grocery underway

The Gitanmaax band marked a significant milestone last week by holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new wholesale grocery store.

The Gitanmaax band, in collaboration with the Gitanmaax Development Corporation, marked a significant milestone last week by holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new wholesale grocery store.

The entire Gitanmaax band council was on hand to celebrate the achievement which has been decades in the making.

“The groundbreaking for the grocery store is the start of a great opportunity for Gitanmaax and the surrounding communities,” Julie Morrison, Gitanmaax band chief councillor, said.

“This plan has been worked on for many years by this current council and previous councils with the same goal of providing a service and generating employment opportunities for the area and its people.

“By creating employment opportunities our young people will be able to provide for their families in different ways and there will be countless spin-offs.”

The grocery store has the potential to employ up to 30 people from the surrounding area, according to Jay Savage, project manager.

Construction is set to begin mid-July.

For more information contact the Gitanmaax band at 250-842-5297.