FORT HALL — Members of the Fort Hall Business Council and of the Greater Pocatello and Greater Blackfoot Chambers of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of a new grocery store on Wednesday.
The store is the Trading Post at Fort Hall. It replaces one which was closed and torn down to make way for the new hotel and events center now under construction.
Nathan Small, the chairman of the business council, thanked the Chamber members who came in support of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, who own and operate the facility.
"We're not really done on a lot of construction projects," Small said. He indicated plans for several other facilities have been in the works for a long time. Included are a wellness center and a community park.
LeeJuan Tyler, another member of the business council, noted the impact the store and the community have on the surrounding area. He pointed out the economic impact the Tribes and their enterprises have on Southeastern Idaho.
"Let's help each other and get rid of the negativity," he encouraged.
Carlie Tissidimit, one of the store co-managers, noted it is not designed to compete with larger stores in such places as Blackfoot or Pocatello.
"We may not compete with the Wal-Marts and Wincos, but it is ours," she said of the store, which includes a deli, a Redbox video rental kiosk and a wide variety of grocery items. She noted that community members will save money when they shop at home rather than driving to other cities.
Over 200 people came out to hear the speeches and to enjoy a lunch in celebration of the new store.