Square Deal Opens in Aragon

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Naomi Martineau

Res­i­dents of Aragon think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Wait—it even in­cludes sliced bread!

Square Deal Store in Aragon opened March 28 with gen­eral re­joic­ing in the whole town, which came out to par­tic­i­pate in the fes­tiv­i­ties of lunch, vis­it­ing, rem­i­nisc­ing, tour­ing the new store, and buy­ing bake sale items to ben­e­fit Santo Niño Church. Vis­i­tors also hailed from Cruzville, Re­serve, and even Eng­land. Many guests bought raf­fle tick­ets, where Skip Price won a load of wood, Kim won a movie bas­ket, and Lo­gan Boone won a crock­pot and BBQ grill with uten­sils and recipe book.

Lu­cas and Michelle Gu­tier­rez, who pre­vi­ously lived at Ran­cho Grande, bought Square Deal Store, and have worked for the past sev­eral months at ren­o­vat­ing. They kept the orig­i­nal shelv­ing, stripped and re­fin­ished the hard­wood floors, and ex­posed the ceil­ing rafters.

The store was orig­i­nally built in about 1938 by Vir­ginia

and Ernest Castillo. As be­fore, Square Deal is a gro­cery store. But the Gu­tier­rez’s have added feed in the side room. They plan to pro­vide hay as well, and later hope to re­store the gaso­line ser­vice.

Camille Boone ex­pressed the feel­ing of many when she said, “It’s sad to see a build- ing sit, and so great to have the store back.”

Mary Na­jar agreed, adding, “It’s ex­actly what our com­mu­nity needs!”

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