U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Https

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

ILGP Borrower Success Story: Glacier Family Foods

The store allows local customers save more money buy purchasing food locally instead of traveling out of town for groceries.

Before Glacier Family Foods was established, there was only one local option for grocery shopping — a store that had existed in Browning for over 30 years. The next nearest grocery store was 120 miles away.

Details

Date of Commitment: November 9, 2011Inside Glacier Family Foods grocery storeType of Service: Loan GuaranteeLender: First Interstate BankBorrower: Glacier Family Foods LLCProject: Financing the Plant, Property, and EquipmentFinancing Amount: $5,126,000.00Location: Browning, MT

Description

Scenic Glacier National Park adjoins the Blackfeet Nation where Glacier Family Foods is located in Browning, Montana. An Indian Affairs loan guarantee enabled the Blackfeet tribe to create Glacier Family Foods in November 2011. The grocery store is operated by the Siyeh Corporation, an economic development and management company owned wholly by Blackfeet Nation.

The community supported the Blackfeet tribes’ development of Glacier Family Foods, not just because the store expanded shopping choices, but because it also brought jobs. The store employs up to 45 employees and continues to be a solid return on the tribe’s investment. The Blackfeet Nation is proud of the business’s success and its creation of jobs in an area of very high unemployment.

“The impact of more jobs while providing lower priced grocery store products has been tremendous,” said Denis Fitzpatrick, CEO of Siyeh Corporation. “Some local customers may not have vehicles to travel out of town for groceries. They can now save more money by purchasing locally.”

Glacier Family Foods continues to expand and modernize to meet customer demands. A fuel kiosk has been added to the grocery business and a rewards program has been established offering discounted fuel and grocery coupons.

Was this page helpful?

This Page Was Not Helpful Because The Content:

indianaffairs.gov

An official website of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Looking for U.S. government information and services?
Visit USA.gov