70 Mile General Store in 70 Mile House, BC, Canada

70 Mile General Store

PO Box 129
70 Mile House, BC
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Email: kay70@hotmail.com

70 Mile General Store Hours

    Store Hours:
  • Monday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Deli Hours:
  • Monday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday - 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday - 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

70 Mile Store up-dates!

January 22nd, 2011 ... We're officially open!

There was free chili and macaroni & chese with buns, free pens & fridge magnets ... and wine! Yes, wine & beer tasting. The shelves are all stocked and things are looking great - an amazing selection! The place was packed, too.

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January Grand Opening!!

We are on the final stretch of opening the store! FINALLY! Groceries are arriving, pop coolers and product, Lotto, etc. We plan to "soft" open on Thursday, January 20th with the Grand Opening on Saturday, January 22nd. The "Grand Opening" will be from 12:00 - 2:00 pm with Snacks, Wine/Beer Tastings, Grocery Sale Items, Giveaways, and Draw Prizes! Please join us in Celebrating our GRAND RE-OPENING!!

December updates ...

These photos were taken December 13th - Like that new sign! The shelving is in place for the liquor and the coolers are in place. The washrooms are finished, too. They're wiring up the cash registers right now ... things are looking great.

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November updates ...

These photos were taken November 2nd - lookie lookie! The outside is looking great but so is the inside! Note: inside public washrooms!

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October updates ...

These photos were taken October 18th - the outside is pretty much complete.

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September updates ...

These photos were taken September 25th - at lock up

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These photos were taken September 12th - looking better and better

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September update ...

These photos were taken September 6th - as framing is moving right along!

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August update ...

Things are starting to happen! Here's a couple of photos taken August 29th - framing should start August 30th.

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July update from Krista:

Well, we are finally getting somewhere!!

The building plans are complete! It is now going through the permit process, engineers, etc. We are hoping to start building by the end of July... which is coming quickly!

Our contractor is Aaron Burwell from Wilderness Custom Homes. We are very excited to work with him and also know that he will help to make this devastating event turn into a new adventure!

The building will have an extra 20 ft added on and with some of this extra space we are going to add a Deli/Bakery area. The washrooms will also be inside!! Which, for anyone who had used the washrooms, this is a BIG improvement! haahaa ... The layout of the store will be much more efficient and we are starting to work on what and where's.

Will keep you posted!

Here are the plans - click on either of them to bring up a full size PDF

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May update from Krista:

Dale and Diana arrived home mid-March and are currently enjoying their new Grandchildren! Hannah (sister to Makayla) was born on March 24th at 7lbs 4oz. Taryn (sister to Jamie) was born on April 12th at 9lbs. Both girls are doing well!

As for the store... if we continue at this pace, Hannah and Taryn will be able to run the store at the time of rebuild!

We have received drawings (not blue-prints) and the Contractors are placing their bids by the end of May. From there they have to be reviewed and approved. I would be surprised if we break ground before July 1st!

We are hoping that things move a little faster from here... but are learning to not hold our breath.

When I do have things to update everyone with, I will for sure update the website.

The store telephone number is: 250-456-7744.

Update soon hopefully!!

March update from Krista:

The clean-up of the store has been completed, however, I am not sure if it looks better or even more depressing! The plans and specifications for the re-build have been delayed (for weeks now!!) and we have been waiting to get some drawings for the new building. I am advised that these will be another few weeks. Other than that, we are just working on getting inventory lists and such to the insurance company. It really is amazing to go through and see how much STUFF we actually had in that little store!

Dale and Diana are still down south and are expected to return in the next week and a half or so. They have to be home by the 24th of March as we are scheduled in for the c-section birth of our new family addition! Makayla and I are getting bored of the quietness of not being in the store everyday ... I hear that alot of people are realizing how much the store was the central hub and how much they are missing it. They are not alone, WE MISS IT TOO!! The store was not only a store, but a meeting spot and a daily "outing" for alot of the local community.

Mandy's Restaurant has closed as of March 1st. The Corral Restaurant in 70 Mile is now selling newspapers for your convenience. I also believe that the Dusty Rose pub is selling cold beer and coolers and also cigarettes. Little Horse Lodge has some extra groceries as well as Lottery.

We are definitely looking forward to the convenience of the 70 Mile Store again, this going to town for Gas and groceries is a bit of a pain!!

70 Mile Store Fire!

From the 100 Mile Free Press with thanks

70 Mile General Store, a local landmark, was reduced to charred rubble after an early afternoon fire January 2nd.

Built in 1962, the wood-frame structure was considered the hub of the community, serving as a grocery store, liquor outlet, gas station and Greyhound bus depot.

It was also the family home of Krista and Migel Viera and their young child. Krista is the daughter of owners Dale Frohland and Diana March and she grew up on the property from the age of three.

Nobody was in the residence when the fire broke out and three employees working in the store evacuated without injury. The 70 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department received the fire call at 1:10 pm and fire chief Derick Edwards says firefighters were on scene within 10 minutes. He adds the fire appeared to have started in the ceiling and a sub-roof made battling the fire exceptionally difficult. "A couple of times they thought they had it but realized it was into the ceiling and they couldn't get in to attack it." It's speculated the fire may have been smoldering unnoticed for as long as two hours before it presented itself as a fireball that came through the ceiling.

By about 3:15 pm, the building was fully engulfed in flames. Edwards says the main focus was on protecting outdoor gas and propane tanks as well as an oil furnace tank adjacent to the building. "It was a major concern to keep the oil tank from going up on us." Deputy chief Mike Perry says the 2,000-gallon propane tank had the capacity to level 70 Mile House if it had been allowed to explode.

Mere metres away from the store, 70 Mile House Post Office escaped damage thanks to the help of firefighters from North Green Lake/Watch Lake, South Green Lake and 100 Mile House departments who answered the call for backup.

Perry says accessing water was an issue throughout the fire. Firefighters relied on an irrigation pond and a high-volume irrigation well on the Huber Farm, about .8 kilometres away. The property entrance is located across from the store property, but Perry says tanker trucks had to negotiate a rough farm road to access them. He adds 62 tanker loads of water, which averaged between 2,000 and 2,500 gallons each, were drawn from the Huber Farm water source.

By 7 pm Edwards says the store was burned to the ground and firefighters were on scene until 3 pm the next day. The spectacular blaze caused the evacuation of the immediate area as well as three-hour road closures on Highway 97 and on North Bonaparte Road.

March, store owner since 1987, saw the building burn and says her main concern is for her expectant daughter who lost everything in the fire. March says they will definitely rebuild, but early indications from the insurance company are it may take up to a year to complete the process. Four full-time employees and a couple of part-time people are affected by the loss of business, she adds.

From Krista

The store clean-up will take start Feb 2nd. One month to the day after the fire which is pretty good for insurance.

We are now dealing with our insurance company as to the next steps that must be taken and what our options are. We will be re-building and we will not have a temporary structure in the meantime. The insurance company has decided against it as there isn't really a spot that is logical to put a building of any size, as well as other issues that were looked at... I believe that this will be a better option in the long-run as we will not be dealing with getting this structure going, rather we can focus on getting the new building going. The less time wasted the better!

The store telephone number is currently forwarded to my cellphone; however, I will be cancelling that as of March 1st. People can get ahold of us through e-mail kay70@hotmail.com .

Miguel, Makayla and I are now staying with Mum and Dad (Dale and Diana) out at Green Lake and currently plan to stay here until the new building is ready. With the new baby coming (due March 31st) we feel that it will be easiest emotionally and physically to have the extra help of Grandma and Grandpa!

Dale and Diana have returned to their vacation in the USA. They were originally planning on leaving the day after the fire but postponed for 3 weeks to get things settled first. They will return home at the beginning of March.

We would like to thank all the firefighters who attended the Store fire for their efforts in trying to save our home and business. It was a very emotional and heartbreaking experience to watch it all go up in flames. Due to the intensity and speed of the fire and smoke, we may not have been as fortunate if the fire had started during the night. (A very enlightening realization.) We have amazing community and family support, for that we are extremely grateful.

Mandy's Restaurant has also been a huge help to the communiy as they are supplying a limited amount of milk and bread. As well as eco-cards and newspapers. Thanks Guys!!

I will try to keep this website updated with any new progress or information. If anyone has photos of the fire, can you please forward them to my e-mail? Or drop them off at Mandy's restaurant.

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