Onamia, Minn. — Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Meleen’s BP convenience store property located off of Hwy 169 and Hwy 27 in Onamia, Minn.

This acquisition fits within MLCV’s small business portfolio and joins three marathon convenience stores in Onamia, McGregor, Minn., and Lake Lena, Minn., a Subway franchise, the Grand Market and the Grand Makwa Cinema in Onamia.

“Acquiring local businesses that provide jobs and needed services for our communities is of great importance to us,” said Joe Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures.

The business became available when the previous owners decided to close it down.

“When this convenience store closed its doors, it impacted the community in terms of lost jobs and fewer choices for consumers,” Nayquonabe said. “We think it is important to keep reinvesting in our local communities to help provide jobs and keep our main streets thriving.”

This summer, MLCV does plan to redevelop the store, focusing on enhancing the property’s offerings to make it more competitive. Nayquonabe said they are eager to offer customers quality products and convenience in this prime location.

About Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures manages all the Mille Lacs Band’s businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel and the DoubleTree Hilton in St. Paul, Minn., 2020 Brand Solutions, the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City and other Band-owned businesses such as a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewater treatment plant and a print shop. It also oversees certain amount of the Band’s investments and considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the Band’s future. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has over 3,500 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the Band.

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