“This is not just a Cocopah store. This is a store for the community and it’s going to serve this community…from the border all the way up to Yuma [Arizona],” Tribal Chairwoman Sherry Cordova said Friday at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new convenience store coming to Highway 95 in Somerton, Arizona, near the borders of Mexico and California.
The 9,060-square-foot convenience still will be built across the street from Cocopah Casino. It’s forecasted to open in April 2020.
Located 13 miles south of Yuma, the Cocopah Reservation is home to Cocopah Casino, Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV & Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River Family Entertainment Center. Visitors visit to enjoy golfing, gaming, shopping, learning about the Tribe’s culture, and taking in the great scenic beauty of the region.
The new convenience store will feature the following:
- 16 private vehicle pumps
- Seven truck trailer diesel pumps
- Traffic signal access
- Bus and trailer parking
- Information center
- Coffee shop with drive thru
- 19-door cooler and walk-in beer cave
Core Engineering designed the new store, and Denise Construction is the contractor. The reservation is currently home to the original Korner store; all employees from that store will be relocated to the new facility. With this new, larger store, the Tribe will likely need to hire additional employees, the Cocopah Indian Tribe stated.
Known as the River People, the Cocopah have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta for centuries. Established in 1917, the Cocopah Reservation comprises approximately 6,500 acres. Currently about 1,000 tribal members live and work on or near the Reservation. In 1964, the Tribe founded its first Constitution and established a Tribal Council.