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Gas station coming to Mystery Lake Hotel property but casino plans have been shelved – Thompson Citizen

by pmnationtalk on April 21, 201710 Views

April 21, 2017

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) chief and council were at the Mystery Lake Hotel in Thompson April 12 discussing future development plans for the property, which finally received urban reserve status last summer, 14 years after NCN bought the hotel.

The first addition planned for the property is a gas station and convenience store, NCN Chief Marcel Moody told the Nickel Belt News.

“We’re going to proceed with a new gas station here to offer tax-free gas to aboriginal people and so that’s phase one of the plan,” said Moody. “We are going to pursue the gas station as soon as possible. We have to come up with some conceptual [ideas], some designs, but basically we’re ready to go with the gas station. We hope to start construction, maybe award the contract within the month and hopefully start the construction probably at the end of May, early June.”

Moody says the prospect of instant gas and tobacco tax rebates will be a draw for aboriginal customers but that the success of the business, like that of the NCN-owned Family Foods supermarket in the Thompson Plaza, will require drawing in non-aboriginal customers, too.

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