Roxy's Market and Cafe

Santa Claus poses next to a display at Roxy's Market and Cafe in Big Sky in this 2014 photo. 

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Roxy’s Market and Café, Big Sky’s largest grocery store, is set to fill the supermarket gap in the small resort community.

Roxy Lawler, co-owner of the store with her husband, Mike, said the store has quickly become a hub in the area — and a much-needed hub at that.

“I think it’s a welcomed amenity and the new glue of the community,” she said Wednesday. “And a very much overdue amenity.”

The 17,000-square-foot store in the Big Sky Town Center was built fast — roughly a year from construction beginning to the soft opening this November — but the idea for such a store has been a long time coming, said Kitty Clemens, executive director of the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce.

“There’s a need and desire for the full-service grocery store, and lots of other things,” Clemens said. “The question is, can people do the math and say they can make it work?”

Roxy Lawler said her and her husband’s experience running a smaller, but similar store in Aspen, Colorado, combined with 25 years of living in ski resort towns, gives them the knowledge to make the new grocery a success.

“We are very familiar with seasonal communities,” she said. “We know what to expect.”

The market sells fish, meat, produce, beer and wine and other goods, but the Lawlers are also bringing local products to their shelves, connecting with local vendors for many of the 20,000 items they sell, she said.

About 12 of those vendors displayed their goods at the Tuesday grand opening and ribbon cutting. Roxy Lawler said she expects to partner with more local vendors as they hear about her store.

Gallatin County Commissioner Pierre Martineau joined in the grand opening. He said he sees success in the store’s future and a chance to keep more money in the community.

“The one thing it will do is keep some of those paychecks in Big Sky,” Martineau said.

Roxy Lawler said the store has about 30 employees now but may continue to hire more people as needed.

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