Hotevilla Co-op emerges from the ashes with grand opening Friday

HOTEVILLA It's been over a year since a random fire burned out and closed down the Hotevilla Co-op Store for more than three months.

The initial outlook was pretty bleak for local reservation gas and food purchases in this remote area. But just like the Phoenix from the Ashes, a new store with expanded store floor area including a fresh meat counter, fresh produce, dry goods and new deli counter will emerge on Friday starting at 9 a.m. for the entire Hopi and surrounding Navajo community.

Hotevilla Village's Board of Directors, Clark Tenakhongva, president, along with members Norma Martin, Adrienne Masaquaptewa, Sandra Dennis and Marilyn Honwynewa and the administrative support team, Kenneth Quanimptewa (CSA) and Charleen Kyasyousie (Village Accountant), Elva Uqualla and Arnold Lomatewama and Youth and Elderly Center Director Lorna Quamahongnewa will hold a special community dedication of the new store and invites the public to come and join the celebration.

The events for the day will have special live remote on air broadcasting provided generously by the Navajo Nation's premier owned and operated KTNN, AM 660, which will air grocery specials. If a customer mentions the grocery specials while purchasing anything at the Hotevilla Co-op on that day, they will then be allowed special pricing for the grand opening day occasion. The opening day events will also feature door prizes for those attending the grand opening.

Hotevilla Co-op Store personnel Jane Selestewa, acting manager and Eric Tenakhongva, Teresa Nutumya, Trisha Tenakhongva and Darwin Kayquaptewa will be on hand to answer questions and familiarize the community on its new features, which include a fresh meat counter, fresh produce brought in weekly, special prices on gasoline, and a deli counter with ready-to-eat hot items.

Store hours for the fall and winter months will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Hotevilla Village is also looking to secure a full-time meat counter manager, a fulltime store manager and additional sales clerks for counter register help. Native American hiring preference will apply.

Any questions or information about these new positions can be directed to either Kenneth Quanimptewa, community service administrator for Hotevilla Village at (928) 734-2420 or to Charleen Kyasyousie, village accountant for Hotevilla Village, at (928) 734-2435.

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