People living in and around Brokenhead Ojibway Nation are celebrating the grand opening of a full-service grocery store in the community.

Hundreds of people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Brokenhead Grocery Store on Bear Road, directly across from South Beach Casino and Resort, on Tuesday morning.

The grocery store allows people in the area to do their weekly shopping without driving 20-30 minutes to Selkirk, Man., said manager Kyle Tanner.

Tanner added the co-operative-style operation that is being welcomed by the approximately 700 people living in the First Nation.

"A lot are elderly. They don't have access to vehicles. So I've been hearing that people are paying to drive, have other people drive to Selkirk … to pick up their fresh produce and meats," he said.

Kyle Tanner

Store manager, Kyle Tanner (left), works with suppliers to make sure the store is stocked with all the basic necessities at competitve prices. (Holly Caruk/CBC)

Tanner said he hopes the store will attract customers from neighbouring areas.

Shoppers like Maria Mancusi, who has lived in the community for six years, said she will shop at the store several times a week. She was happy to see that the prices were competitive and that the store had all the basics. 

"The prices are actually really convenient for single mothers like myself," said Mancusi who also said she'd be saving money on gas not having to travel outside of her community.

The store will also include a pharmacy and a medical clinic, as well as an area for traditional healing.

"Because of the health needs of our people, there is a great demand for services, so we are glad to be able to offer them right at home," said Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief, Jim Bear.

Maria Mancusi

Maria Mancusi says she will likely shop at the store every second day to pick up basics for her two kids. (Holly Caruk/CBC)

Officials said they hope the clinic will open in April.

The store has created jobs for 11 people, seven part-time and four full-time, from the community and surrounding area. 

The First Nation is about 65 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.