Source: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe’s Public Relations Department Director Gentry Medrano (Information and Press Release):
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Mohave Valley, Arizona: The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe held a short ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Thalypo fuel station and convenience store on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020.
Thalypo, which means roadrunner in the Mojave language, is located at 1520 E. Courtwright Road and is the third tribally-owned convenience store and fuel station in the Tri-state area.
The ribbon cutting marks a “soft opening” for the store, with a larger grand opening slated for when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
A small crowd of tribal members, employees and construction personnel joined the Fort Mojave Tribal Council at the event.
Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams addressed those gathered and welcomed them to the new store.
“It is a proud day, a proud day to stand up here and speak on behalf of the council, on the behalf of the tribe,” Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams said “Who does this right now? In this time? In this era? March 3rd we broke ground. In just under 6 months this place is fully operational and it’s going to open. Fort Mojave can do this! Be proud of yourselves because – not only now but in the future – these are the types of things we can do at Fort Mojave.”
After the groundbreaking ceremony in March, construction of the store began and progressed during the spring and summer even as the tribe shut down tribal departments and entities, including its casinos in Arizona and Nevada, because of COVID-19.
With a projected September opening, construction of the fuel station and convenience store was completed just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
“This is for the tribe,” said Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams. “I think that sometimes tribes are not famous for being able to build and have everything be on time, on budget and ready to go. But we’ve been able to do that.”
The Chairman thanked those central to the building of the store, including A. R. Mays Construction and Tribal Planner Wayne Nelson.
In addition, he recognized the Fort Mojave Tribal Council for their foresight and dedication to bringing such projects to the community.
“It’s the Council’s leadership,” Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams said. “I appreciate them and I thank them for their due diligence [and] their financial planning for all of what the community needs and getting us to this point where we not only talk about what we are going to do for the community but we are able to have action for our community. So it is the strength of Fort Mojave that allows us to do this.”
Pictured above of the cutting of the ribbon; Council Member Colleen Garcia, Council Member Cellina Reyes, Chairman Timothy Williams, Council Member Norvin McCord, Council Member Shan Lewis and Council Member Johnny Ray Hemmers celebrating the wonderful moment.
The 5,750-square-foot store has 8 fueling positions and thousands of snack, beverage and food options available.
The 24-hour convenience store also includes a separate smoke shop stocked with a variety of tobacco products and will feature a gaming area with up to fifteen slot machines that is coming soon.
The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe currently operates a convenience store in Mohave Valley, Ariz. that offers food and beverage items, tobacco products and fuel 24 hours a day.
The Tribe’s convenience store in Laughlin, Nev., right next to Avi Resort and Casino, provides customers with food and beverage items, tobacco products, alcohol, fuel and fireworks until midnight (MST) seven days a week.
As with the tribe’s other smoke shops and businesses, Thalypo will require customers to wear face masks and to follow social distancing guidelines while in the store.