UIC Announces Intent to Enter a New Contract for Utqiaġvik Grocery & Retail Store
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) has announced that it intends to enter into a new relationship to operate the local grocery store in Utqiaġvik. Following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, UIC is now in negotiations with the Begich Capital Partners (BCP) and their partnership with JB Gottstein (JBG) team as the new store tenant and operator. The team has strong Alaska roots, a commitment to the local community and a strong vision to efficiently and effectively deliver fresher and more affordable groceries to our community. Current negotiations have Begich Capital Partners & JB Gottstein taking over the Grocery Store in November of 2019.
Begich Capital Partners is a mission-driven Alaska corporation that creates and develops relationships with organizations that share their commitment to doing good in local communities and measuring success by more than just money.
JB Gottstein is a long-time Alaska organization and the largest turn-key supplier of groceries to Alaska currently servicing nearly 300 stores across the State. JB Gottstein has been servicing Alaska since 1915 and is 100% Alaska managed and operated.
UIC and the Begich Group have released the following joint statement:
“This will be an exciting relationship amongst Alaskans who are committed to increasing access to fresh, affordable groceries in rural Alaska. While the change in store operations won’t officially take place until November, we look forward to working with each other, the employees, and with the community to make this a positive experience and smooth transition for all of Utqiaġvik”.
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