WANBLEE, S.D. — The Wanblee Mart on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has now been sold to R.F. Buche, who owns a small chain of Buche Foods and Gus Stop Convenience Stores. Buche will take over on April 28th, 2021.
“The store will be closed on the 28th for inventory, team member orientations and other miscellaneous tasks so our customers are not inconvenienced. However, the store will open back up on Thursday, April 29th for ordinary business and we look forward to meeting our customers,” Buche said. This Wanblee location is a great fit into our brand. I have been traveling on Highway 44 since I went to school at BHSU in Spearfish. I have always loved this store. It’s clean, and Dondee [owner of Wanblee Mart] and her employees have done a great job for the community.”
Buche says his short term plan will likely be to put in new pumps with credit card availability and an in-store self checkout for gas customers that will accept cash. He also plans to add a canopy, which will provide more safety and lighting to the store.
Buche Foods has a grocery stores in Pine Ridge, Mission, Gregory, Oacoma, Sisseton and Wagner. The company owns Gus Stop convenience stores in Wagner, Lake Andes, Mission and White River.