With a commitment to serving the Navajo Nation, Arizona-based Bashas’ is welcoming members of the community to celebrate the grand opening of Bashas’ Diné Market in Shiprock, New Mexico on Aug. 7.
Located in the Shiprock /Tse’ Bit’ A’i Shopping Center at U.S.-491 and Highway 64, the 42,108-square-foot Diné Market is Bashas’ ninth grocery store on the Navajo Nation and second location in New Mexico.
Benjamin Clerk, a local Medicine Man, will provide a sacred blessing at 5 a.m., prior to the store’s official grand opening ceremony. As well, representatives of the Navajo Nation, the Shiprock Chapter House, Navajo Nation Shopping Centers and members of the Basha family will be on hand for a grand opening ceremony at 9 a.m.
President of the Navajo Nation Jonathan Nez, Johnny Basha and other dignitaries will deliver brief remarks, followed by entertainment from the Sweet Water Travelers. The grand opening will conclude with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
During the grand opening, community members are invited to explore the wide array of healthy, nutritious food choices through food samples and product demonstrations. The first 300 shoppers who make purchases at the store on grand opening day will receive a free goodie bag filled with a variety of grocery items.
Highlights of the new market include: store-cut fruits and vegetables; butcher-cut meats, including ground beef made daily (from whole muscle); fresh mutton and mutton stew; breakfast burritos; scratch-made tortillas and fry bread; sandwiches and subs made to order; homemade breads and sweet treats baked daily; made-from-scratch donuts every morning; and hot and cold coffee offerings.
Throughout the day there will be giveaways as well as in-store sampling and product demonstrations.
Bashas’ is one of very few non-Native-American retailers with stores on the Navajo Nation; the Shiprock store is the ninth reservation store.
Since opening its first Diné Market in 1982, Bashas’ has been a collaborative member of the Navajo Nation, supporting education, nutrition, art, health and wellness through community programs and partnerships.
At least 95 percent of the store members (employees) at Bashas’ Diné Markets are Native American, and each store location gives back a percentage of its profits to the Navajo Nation.
Bashas’ Family of Stores – the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, and both Bashas’ and Bashas’ Diné supermarkets – is an Arizona-based company founded by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha Sr. With more than 100 grocery stores, it is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona.
Since the company’s inception in 1932, Bashas’ has given back more than $100 million to the communities it serves. For more information, visit bashas.com.
Click below to see photos of grand opening preparations.