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Rincon welcomes public to one-year anniversary of commerical center


September 08, 2013
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians will celebrate the one-year anniversary the Rincon Travel Plaza by inviting the public to a free part Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

The event will take place from 11 am to 1 pm, at the 7-Eleven store located on Valley Center Road, next to Harrah's Rincon Resort and Casino on the Rincon Reservation.

"This is our way of letting our customers know how much we appreciate their patronage," said Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band.

The $3-million-commercial center finished its first year exceeding projected revenues by 50 percent. Driving the income was the Rincon-owned 7-11-brand franchise, which in June 2013 was number five in sales volume in the 90-store regional market.

Businesses located in the plaza include the convenience store, a gas station, a car wash, and a sandwich shop.

"We expect sales to increase in the future as a result of the expansion of the hotel, recreational and meeting facilities," said Jim Murguia, Rincon tribal government treasurer and chairman of the Rincon Economic Development Corporation (REDCO).

REDCO is an economic subsidiary of the Rincon Tribal Government which, according to Murguia, was created to invest in new sources of revenue from enterprises located on the reservation, or owned by the tribal government

In addition to Murguia, the REDCO Board of Directors includes Rincon tribal members: Shalome Briggs, Delisle Calac, Gordon Calac, Gerad Rodriguez, Councilmember Steve Stallings, and Tishmall Turner.

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians has 540 members and jurisdiction over a 5,000-acre reservation in Valley Center.

In addition to the commercial center, the Rincon Band owns Harrah's Rincon Resort and Casino, and uses profits from this and other enterprises located on the reservation, to fund government services on behalf of the Rincon reservation and people.

Nikki Symington is a spokesperson for the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.

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