New shopping center welcomed by Ganado

Special to the Times | Ray Landry
Lowe’s produce manager Earl Tsinijinnie stocks the produce section on Aug. 21 in Ganado.

GANADO, Ariz.

City residents take grocery stores for granted. For rural folks on the Navajo Nation, having one in their town can make the difference between an all-day excursion just to put dinner on the table and a quick trip for a couple of items.

The new Lowe’s Shop & Save at Burnside Junction is a welcome development for people like Stephen Dale of Steamboat, Arizona, who used to have to travel 100 miles round-trip to Window Rock for anything that wasn’t available at the local convenience store. It’s still a 20-mile jaunt each way, but “it makes a big difference,” said Dale, who was browsing the aisles Tuesday. “I can find anything I want here.”

Leonard Begay is from Tuba City, the largest town on the rez and home to several shopping centers, but he can sympathize with the rural folks. “It’s a wonderful store,” he said while grabbing a few things for the road. “I can see how it would be good for this community.”


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Categories: Business
Tags: Ganado, Lowe's

About Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.