Retail Innovation, Community Strength

English River Enterprises

The Retail division is the backbone of Des Nedhe Group. It includes businesses run by English River Enterprises (ERE). These include full-service gas stations and convenience stores, a general store, gas bar and more recently a liquor store. These retail businesses together employ around 100 full and part-time local workers from English River First Nation.

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Grasswood Gas Bar and Convenience Store

Our Grasswood Gas Bar & Convenience Store is our flagship retail enterprise and is a familiar landmark, meeting place, and service stop for thousands of travelers using Highway 11 South. The operation is open seven days a week and offers both unleaded and diesel fuel service. The convenience store also features basic groceries, a full line of convenience items as well as a coffee bar.

Patuanak Gas Bar and Convenience Store

Located in the close-knit community of Patuanak in Northern Saskatchewan, is the Patuanak Gas Bar & Convenience Store. Open seven days a week, the service station offers quality fuel and convenience. It provides unleaded fuel service, basic groceries, a full line of convenience items as well as an ATM.

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The Patch Liquor Store

In 2020, DNG proudly opened Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous-owned liquor store located on the English River First Nation reserve in the Grasswood Community of Saskatoon.
This one-of-a-kind retail outlet provides convenience for residents of Corman Park and offers a tax savings for Status individuals. Future plans for the liquor store include Indigenous art installations, as well as a section dedicated to curated Indigenous-made beer, wine and spirits from across the country.

Beauval General Store and Gas Bar

The Beauval Forks location is an important gathering place and service provider for English River First Nation. Located near Beauval, in Northern Saskatchewan, this retail enterprise opened in 2008 and was the first in the region to provide a restaurant, bakery, butcher, full grocery selection and ATM. Prior to its construction, the nearest location with this range of services was Meadow Lake, nearly two hours from Beauval and three and a half hours from Patuanak.

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Established in 1991 by English River First Nation (ERFN), the Des Nedhe Development Corporation was designed to grow sustainable employment and business opportunities for ERFN community members.

Now, driven by our purpose, rooted in our character and led by a team of experts, Des Nedhe Group has grown into a national leader in Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic development – a diverse collective of Indigenous-owned businesses dedicated to creating lasting change in Indigenous communities and corporate supply chains across Canada.

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