VIDEO: Re-opened Massy Store Sunset Crest cut from a different cloth
There was much fanfare at the re-opening ceremony for Massy Stores Supermarkets Sunset Crest in Holetown, Barbados.
Though a part of the Massy Stores franchise in five Caribbean islands, Massy Store Sunset Crest has reopened as a one-of-a-kind supermarket to top all others in Barbados.
Frere Delmas, Country Manager, Massy (Barbados) Ltd., said, “Our overall aim is creating a state-of-the-art supermarket by moving our retail space from 17 000 square feet to 31 000 square feet has been achieved… This is certainly sets us apart from any other grocery establishment on the island.”
The project was completed in 11-months despite the skepticism from people in all spheres.
At the grand reopening, last night, Thursday, November 17, 2017, he went on to say that the Board of Massy Barbados and Massy Stores regionally are celebrating doing what many thought was impossible.
With a smile he told the audience of sponsors, businessmen and businesswomen, he admitted, “We are celebrating the collaboration that was so evident – especially during the construction phase – among the various teams who worked on this project, who ensured that they delivered in what some considered to be an impossible time-frame. I must confess that there were times when I had my doubts.”
Massy has invested some $45Million on the ultra-modern supermarket. It was reconstructed on almost the same site as the original Sunset Crest store and took 360 000 man hours. Massy employed 240-odd persons to complete the timely construction of the store.
Having doubled the square footage, Delmas also revealed that the new store has taken monumental steps to go green unlike some of its competitors locally.
“As a commitment to creating a more sustainable supermarket model, energy efficiency was a major factor in our building considerations both for environmental and economic reasons. In this regard, we installed solar panels and LED lighting, equipped some of our chilled cabinets with doors, customized our AC system with humidity control, as well as used a special type of flooring which will assist in considerably reducing our energy consumption.”
And they have taken steps to raise more than the look of the property which is situated in the flood-prone Holetown area.
“We have significantly improved our drainage system and believe me, this has been tried and tested by the recent heavy rains during construction. In addition, at our own cost – we have repaired the drains on the public road which we hope will further alleviate the issue of flooding in-and-around this area.”
Echoing his sentiment was Managing Director, Massy Stores (Barbados) Ltd. Randall Banfield who said that the intention with the new store was to offer “an unparalleled experience in comfort, convenience and selection” for customers and staff. Amongst the bells and whistles, he said ‘Refuel’, an in-house coffee shop and smoothies bar is “a first for supermarkets in Barbados.”
Chairman of the Retail line of business for Massy Group, Thomas Pantin conceded, “This store is a Massy Stores Caribbean store; it just happens to be situated on the West Coast of Barbados. It’s the finest one we have in the region to date with some extra special touches. This store is an example of the great accomplishment we feel for the hard work that we do…
“In two weeks, we will be opening our largest-ever Massy Stores in Marabella in the South of Trinidad. Though, if truth be told, this one is nicer!”