This month, Bashas’ Family of Stores opened its newest Diné Market on the site of a former Kroger-owned City Market on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, N.M. The store is Bashas’ ninth grocery store on the Navajo Nation and its second New Mexico location.
“Bashas’ Diné Markets exist and succeed because of our commitment to the Navajo people,” said Johnny Basha, vice president of special projects for Bashas’ Family of Stores, based in Chandler, Ariz. “From the beginning, we’ve considered it a privilege to work side-by-side with the Navajo, to learn about and from them, and to share in a vision for stimulating economic growth. The strength of this partnership rests largely on the value and emphasis we’ve put into developing our cultural proficiency and creating markets that serve the unique needs of shoppers.”
The City Market officially closed at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 19, and reopened as a Bashas’ Diné Market at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21. Bashas’ will now occupy the entire 42,108-square-foot-store, making it the new anchor tenant of the Shiprock/Tse' Bit' A'i Shopping Center at the corner of US-491 and Highway 64.
The transition was a collaborative effort between Bashas’ and City Market, with the retailers working together closely to provide continuity as the only full-service market in the vicinity changes hands.
The new grocery store will provide several economic benefits to the Shiprock community. Each Bashas’ Diné Market location gives back 25% of its profits to the Navajo Nation. Through this profit-sharing arrangement, in addition to rent and percentage rent, Bashas’ has contributed upwards of $48 million to the Navajo Nation for educational scholarship and economic development.
Click through the slideshow to see before and after photos, and what the new Bashas’ Diné Market has to offer.