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The transformation of Massy
Stores Supermarket at Sunset Crest is in the final stages of preparation
before its big reveal in a matter of weeks.
Managing Director of Massy Stores (Barbados) Ltd., Randall Banfield expressed satisfaction
about the extraordinary progress made to date, noting that the 11-month project
was a construction feat for the Massy Group.
“We had a lot of push-back in the beginning …and it was
difficult to conceive how we could demolish a store and rebuild a new one
without it having a severe impact on our staff and our customers – especially
during the high (tourist) season. But we managed to keep the old store open
until April 30 – to adequately cater to our clientele and reduce the impact to
our staff; and now we will be able to open in time ... well before the next tourist
season,” Mr. Banfield disclosed.
He credited the Massy project team, led by Regional Property
Development Director - Sarah-Jane Kidman,
the main contractors - Moorjani (Caribbean) Limited, as well as the various
subcontractors for the tremendous synergies and cooperative efforts throughout
the construction process in getting the project to where it is today.
“This is not a small feat; this is about how Massy managed
the project. In fact, we were told from the outset that this project would
require a minimum of 18 months to complete, but we had a great team and we had
a plan in place and we worked accordingly, despite the setbacks caused by
weather and other shipment delays for equipment.
“So, all credit to the various teams working together – from
the demolition team in mid-January to the teams who did the building and
outfitting in the latter stages. We knew we could do it, and almost 11 months
later in total, we have proven that it is indeed possible. We remain on budget
and I am assured that we are on schedule,” he added.
Mr. Banfield also noted that this project was also an
opportunity for Massy to publicly demonstrate its corporate values.
“One of our big values is Growth and Continuous Improvement. When we look at our network of
stores in Barbados, our store at Sunset Crest certainly stood out for us as an
opportunity to demonstrate Growth and Continuous Improvement in action.
“Our old store could never deliver the range of products and
services that we feel the Massy customer and the Massy employee deserves.
Everything we have done at Massy Stores Sunset Crest is geared to enhance
customer service and increase comfort for our customers and for our staff,” the
Massy Stores CEO said.
As the project moves into its final weeks, Mr. Banfield stated
that he was excited about how the store has taken shape. “This week will be a
huge one for us as the contractors have handed over the main supermarket space
to us. This will allow us to start outfitting the store, complete the instore
signage as well as test our refrigeration and other systems as we prepare to
add the finishing touches,” he stated.
Massy Stores Sunset Crest will open mid-November.