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.
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.
November updates ...
These photos were taken November 2nd - lookie lookie! The outside is looking great but so is the inside! Note:
inside public washrooms!
October updates ...
These photos were taken October 18th - the outside is pretty much complete.
September updates ...
These photos were taken September 25th - at lock up
These photos were taken September 12th - looking better and better
September update ...
These photos were taken September 6th - as framing is moving right along!
August update ...
Things are starting to happen! Here's a couple of photos taken August 29th - framing should
start August 30th.
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
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
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.