Maamuu Mistissini Attaawaakamikw in Mistissini has received the national “Rookie of the Year” award from the Canadian Retail Hardware Association.

The Mistissini True Value Hardware store was presented the award on February 8 at the Canadian Hardware and Building Materials show in Toronto. Doug Field, manager, and Don MacLeod, who runs the Mistissini economic development department, accepted the award on behalf of the store.

The store won the award based on outstanding performance in the areas of merchandising skill, customer service, community involvement, advertising and growth and profitability.

“I think the community of Mistissini can be proud that the store won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award. We went against giants like Reno Depot, Home Hardware and other major chains,” said MacLeod.

“I would like to thank our customers from here and other communities who helped to make this store such a success.”

The cooperative owned by the Cree Nation of Mistissini opened in 1997.