Centex Petroleum has managed to build such a reputation with several of Canada’s First Nation communities based on a foundation of trust and honesty. Their efforts have been rewarded with the high praise and recommendations given by the communities they have worked with.
Alnoor and Shafiq Bhura, Centex managing partners, didn’t seek First Nations to partner with, but after assisting Bearspaw First Nation and helping others like Frog Lake Cree Nation reclaim their site, word of their altruistic nature spread.
“There has to be a sensitivity and understanding of the First Nation people’s history, and it is important to me as a company that we show First Nations the respect they are deemed as long-standing inhabitants of this country. Centex strives to work for the benefit of the First Nation and to show them that we can do better than what they have experienced in the past” – Alnoor Bhura.
RPCN was successful in accessing $1,625,000 from Indigenous Services Canada (formerly Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) to help develop our North Battleford Urban Reserve Land. We were one of two bands to successfully access this funding program due to the quality of our proposal and the ability to access our own funds.
In 2019, we had installed the water and sewer lines necessary to establish our businesses and attract other commercial development. In 2021, we had officially opened the doors to our 100% owned and operated Centex Gas Bar. It includes a six-vehicle gas bay and a GOmarket convenience store open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
We’ve since attended countless Franchise Shows in hopes of finding the right partnerships that benefit our members and our surrounding communities. We are currently looking at the potential of adding entertainment, medical and restaurant businesses around our Centex Gas Bar.
“The gas bar and confectionary has created employment and revenue for our community. We are deciding on the second franchise within the floor plan to enhance traffic and profitability. It’s exciting being involved in North Battleford’s growth” – RPCN Leadership