Moricetown gas station now Kyah Food & Fuel

Kyah Food & Fuel is owned and operated by Witset First Nation (Moricetown).

Kyah Food and Fuel.                                 Contributed photo

Kyah Food and Fuel. Contributed photo

Moricetown Esso is now operating under the new name Kyah Food Fuel.

This name change takes effect immediately, and will appear in all local advertising.

Kyah Food Fuel is owned and operated by Witset First Nation (Moricetown). According to Witset communications coordinator Christine Bruce, Kyah means “old village.”

Originally opened in November, 2003, the Gas Bar was housed in a portable shack. Stock was limited to cigarettes, pop and chips. In 2005, a full-sized convenience store and proper gas station were added.

In 2016, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation, a $500,000 upgrade was accomplished, which included an expanded kitchen. Now, the facility offers homemade baking and lunch specials such as soups and stews with bannock, a wide selection of confectionery and grocery items, as well as lottery, fireworks, status and non-status fuel and tobacco products, native designed merchandise, music, movies and more.

This business is proof that a First Nation business can thrive in a small community. It offers full service and is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. all year long. Enjoy a free coffee, tea or cappuccino with every fuel purchase of $30 or more.

Kyah Food Fuel is located on Highway 16 in beautiful Witset, midway between Smithers abd Hazelton.

– Submitted by Witset First Nation with files from Chris Gareau.