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Beeline Highway Pit Stop Holds Grand Opening

(L-R): Council members David Antone, Deanna Scabby, President Delbert Ray, Sr., Council member Michael Dallas, president of LPT Retail Management Services Kevin Gandy, the Bee, and Vice-President Martin Harvier at the Beeline Highway Pit Stop grand opening on March 11.

On March 11, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community officially welcomed its newest enterprise, the Beeline Highway Pit Stop. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting took place at the newly renovated convenience store and smoke shop, located at the corner of McDowell Road and the Beeline Highway, north of Loop 202.

Before the festivities, SRPMIC Council Member Deanna Scabby provided a blessing for the grand opening, and Vice-President Martin Harvier delivered the welcome address.

“It’s an exciting day for our Community this morning. Today, we’re officially opening the newest enterprise of the Community,” Harvier said.

Harvier went on to thank all those who were involved in the establishment of the business. “Overall, I just want to recognize the team from the tribal government, the Community members’ small businesses, and Mr. Gandy, for getting us here this morning.” Kevin Gandy is president of LPT Retail Management Services of Plano, Texas, the company managing the new store.

“I would like to thank everyone for being here this morning on this wonderful day and moving forward,” Harvier added.

SRPMIC President Delbert Ray, Sr., thanked those partnering with the Community.

“Council has made the decision to do what’s best for the Community,” he said. “Right now, I believe that we’re in the strongest position to continue to use this facility for the benefit of the Community. … [O]ur people want to be assured that this is a Community enterprise, and we don’t see it any other way.”

Community members are able to buy tepary beans and foods from Ramona Farms at the Beeline Highway Pit Stop. The Bee interacted with all visitors at the grand opening festivities.
“I’m excited everyone was able to come out and enjoy the festivities today,” Gandy said. “We are very excited to be partnering with [SRPMIC]. It’s not something that we take lightly; we take it very seriously. We’re a family-owned business and we also work with the Kickapoo [Traditional] Tribe of Texas. We look forward to a long relationship, and we enjoy providing opportunities for Community members and vendors. We look forward to making this a very profitable and great situation for everybody.”

Community members and guests enjoyed some great deals provided by the store and entered a raffle to win various prizes throughout the day. Various Native American vendors along with Red Bull, Hershey’s and KNIX set up booths near the convenience store.

“It’s a lot different from the first time. It’s really nice and clean. People are really helpful,” said Amanda Johnson about the new store.

“I’m just glad it’s open again,” Alma Nez said. “It’s the first store you run into when you go along Beeline Highway. I also like to come here for the newspaper.”