Ak-Chin Indian Community's Vekol Market Now Open

New space includes fresh market grill, farmer's market and cafe

The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez
The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez
  • The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez
    The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez
    The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez
    The Ak-Chin Tribal Council cutting the ribbon at the Vekol Market grand opening. From left: Delia M. Carlyle, Terry Enos, Chairman Louis Manuel Jr., Vice Chairman William J. Antone and Gabriel L. Lopez

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – After being rebuilt from the ground up, the new Ak-Chin Indian Community Vekol Market reopened for business on Thursday, April 5, 2012. More than 300 people attended the opening ceremony, which included speeches from Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr and General Manager Norm Potter, in addition to the performance of Native songs and a blessing of the market by Jerry Enos.

 

“The development of the new market was quite the undertaking and I applaud our team and those who helped them for making it a success,” said Chairman Manuel. “It was great to have the attendance and support of both the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Maricopa community on this special day.”

 

Opening day of the Vekol Market also included a raffle for a 42” inch TV and samples from various vendors, in addition to champagne and cake to celebrate the occasion.

 

The fresh market includes a deli with sandwiches made daily, a wide selection of groceries, a café area with a TV and Wi-Fi access, a patio with outside seating, in addition to offering culturally indigenous foods. The market’s former space has been transformed into a space for a farmer’s market which will feature fruits, vegetables and other offerings from vendors every other weekend.

 

“We hope that the new market will not only provide some of the best goods available to local residents, but that the fresh deli, seating area and other amenities will also supply a space for the community to relax and enjoy,” said Potter.

 

For more information on the Vekol Market call (520) 568-1650 and for more information on the Ak-Chin Indian Community visit www.ak-chin.nsn.us.

 

About Ak-Chin Indian Community:

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.  Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 850 tribal members.