N&N Market is set to do a ‘soft reopening’ on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 8:00 am at its downtown location in Dillingham, Alaska. A soft reopening means that the team is working on restoring its inventory, yet offers the opportunity for customers to come in and begin shopping what we have in stock while store employees work to organize for a long-term operation before being totally restocked. In other words, the work to be a full operation is not done yet, and customers can follow the progress by making frequent visits while we work to get fully stocked. A Grand Reopening will be scheduled later in December, where N&N will invite the community in to celebrate with door prizes, some fun and the opportunity to browse the aisles for special sales and to see new product offerings.
In August of 2021, N&N Market closed its doors to conduct emergency plumbing and drain repairs. In addition, at that time, access to the store was limited while road construction occurred in front of the store. While the closure was in effect, N&N management took the opportunity to address numerous other building repairs and upgrades. The main N&N Market building was originally constructed in 1977 with some of the other structures dating back to the 1950s. With the age of the facility, it was time to make the various repairs and updates- which included updates and repairs to the electrical system, plumbing & drain systems, flooring replacement after water damage from a 2020 fire sprinkler system release, and several structural repairs and improvements.
“We take pride in ownership of the N&N Market and this temporary closure for repairs was necessary to ensure we have a successful and operational N&N Market in our community long term. The reality is that most customers will likely not even notice these repairs- but we believe the work completed has set N&N up for a long and bright future serving our customers. The most noticeable changes are new flooring, and small improvements to our meat cutting room, which we are excited for our customers to see!” said Cameron Poindexter – President & CEO of Choggiung Limited and Member Manager of N&N Market. “There are remaining repairs and upgrades to be done over the next six months and the work is able to be conducted safely while our doors are open to the public. We have some longer lead items like refrigeration and heating systems that will be addressed, but the store can now be safely accessed and shopped by our customers.”
Staff in the store are excited for customers to come back and to work on improving the store over the next several months on N&N’s way back to a normal operation. “We hope to create a new normal – one with competitive prices, and stocked shelves of the things the community needs when you need it,” said long time store employee John Warch.
In addition to the repairs, the store has made the decision to change its primary supplier and has selected JB Gottstein to be its partner in ensuring we are offering a wide array of products to meet the communities needs. JB is able to offer significant buying power and competitive logistics solutions. This change also means that there is some remaining generic brand shelf stable and frozen product from our previous supplier that will be sold at discounted rates as we transition to a new store brand called Signature Select. “We feel having a new product line will offer the community an opportunity to have something different than the other stores with the quality line that Signature Select offers. We encourage folks to come by and see the progress as we reopen, let us know what you’d like to have in the store, and try out the new Signature Select brand,” said Jeremy Collett, a store department manager.
“N&N has been a central part of the Dillingham community for quite some time, and we are proud to continue to provide Dillingham with an Alaskan owned and operated option locally,” said Mr. Poindexter. “We are working to earn and keep the trust of our community by operating this store to the best of our ability and in turn, we hope we are rewarded with people choosing to shop N&N. It is important for people to know we are committed to our hometown, and we hope people see our local ownership as being the sugar on top and just another reason to keep visiting N&N.”
About N&N Market: N&N is owned by United Companies, Inc, a Sea Lion Corporation subsidiary and Choggiung Investment Company, LLC a Choggiung Limited subsidiary. N&N Market has a long and storied history beginning with local entrepreneurs and the tradition has been carried on by different owners through the years.
About Sea Lion Corporation: Sea Lion Corporation is an Alaska Native Village Corporation and its original shareholders hail from Hooper Bay. Other Sea Lion investments include retail operations, manufacturing, and commercial real estate investments.
About Choggiung Limited: Choggiung Limited is a merged Alaska Native Village Corporation for Dillingham, Portage Creek, and Ekuk. Choggiung owns and operates the Bristol Inn and Bayside Diner, owns many commercial properties in Dillingham including apartments, storage, and professional office space, and owns federal contracting companies Umyuaq Technology, Wood River Federal, and Bristol Industries. The village corporation manages a little over 299,000 acres of surface lands. Choggiung’s Vision is to grow, preserve, and give without boundaries. Choggiung’s Mission is to be a profitable corporation ensuring current and future shareholder benefits, as we protect our land, and respect our people and heritage.