Leech Lake Market is scheduled to resume operations on Thursday, Oct. 21, and will feature the same meats and fresh produce, a wide range of quality groceries at competitive prices, a bakery, walk-in grocery store and convenience store, according to a statement.
âOur family has been a part of the Cass Lake community for 79 years, so the decision to sell Teal’s Market was and was a very difficult decision, but we decided it was time to pass the torch,â Roger Teal, l ‘former owner of Teal’s, said in a Friday, Oct. 15 press release. The Teal family would like to thank our loyal customers and dedicated associates for their support over the years that have made our success possible. “
Leech Lake Tribe President Faron Jackson also expressed the tribe’s enthusiasm for the new venture.
âWe are very excited about this next business venture,â Jackson said. âThis latest acquisition, supported by the Tribal Council, is just one of the many success stories of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The purchase of Teal’s is an important step in securing the group’s food sovereignty as well. as in the pursuit of diversification of the companies that the group owns and operates.
LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks, representative for District 3 of the Leech Lake Tribal Council, added that food sovereignty is about providing and protecting the tribe’s most precious resource, the people.
âOur communities need to know that their government is taking action to ensure that they will always have access to healthy and sustainable food systems,â he said. âToday is a step towards defining our own food systems and moving beyond the federal government which decides what our people consume. Today is our day, our future and our new food market. “
Leech Lake Market is located at 604 Lyle Chisholm Drive NW in Cass Lake. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
In addition to the Leech Lake Market, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe also owns and operates the Cedar Lakes Casino-Hotel and the Leech Lake Supply Company in Cass Lake; Leech Lake Express to Cass Lake and Walker; Shingobee on the Bay and Northern Lights Casino, hotel and event center in Walker; and White Oak Casino in Deer River.