Delaware North stores get facelift

GC VILLAGE — A series of projects involving upgrades to Delaware North Park Services stores became visible to local residents last week with a new walkway at the Grand Canyon Village store and a reorganization of shelving and aisles at the Tusayan store.

Bill Ash of Plumbing and Electrical Concepts out of Flagstaff works on Delaware North’s bathroom upgrade on Friday.

Derek Zwickey, DNPS general manager, said Friday that the replacement of the old sidewalk is phase one of a project that will eventually see a new walkway extending all the way to Bank One. Also last week, work began on the renovation of the store’s bathrooms.

"We’re currently doing a gut and remodel of the bathrooms," Zwickey said. "That will be completed in two weeks. It’s being plumbed for reclaimed water."

In addition, Bill Ash of Plumbing and Electrical Concepts said sensor toilets are being installed.

"At the Tusayan store, we did a complete remodel," Zwickey said. "The new deli will be up and running in the next two weeks."

The new deli at the Tusayan store will include sub sandwiches, salads and other fresh food. Out front, a Dip and Dots ice cream vending site was added last week.

A new storefront will be installed next week. And for those who refer to the grocery store as Babbitt’s, the General Store or Delaware North, Zwickey said the official name of the village store is Canyon View Marketplace. In Tusayan, the official name is Tusayan General Store.

Delaware North also will have two new houses completed by July 1. The three-bedroom houses are located off Havasupai Street in the village.

"A lot more will happen," Zwickey said. "A new roof proposal has been submitted and we’ll have a new sign out front. A new deli will be coming (to the village store) this fall."

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