PINE RIDGE-A Wagner-based company signed a contract with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council on Nov. 27 to begin operating and updating Pine Ridge's grocery store in January.

Buche Foods will hire all current employees at the existing Sioux Nation store location and give them a 4 percent raise.

"If you are a current employee, you have a job here. But you also have a voice in how we do business moving ahead," President R.F. Buche said. "This will be your store."

An open house for current Sioux Nation employees will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Higher Ground Coffee Shop.

Buche Foods owns and operates stores in six other cities.