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More than 1,000 job-seekers lined up outside the former Robin Hood grocery store yesterday to apply for 300 jobs when the store re-opens. Former Robin Hood head, Sandy Schaefer will be re-opening that store, in Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, and its counterpart in Prince Charles...
The president of AML Foods Ltd. is confirming its quarterly $1.42 million net income increase was largely due to a dedicated focus on its core business — despite tough competition in the grocery market.
“The retail grocery market remains very competitive,” Gavin Watchorn told Guardian Business yesterday. “I believe that staying true to the course that we have set out will see us through this period in good standing and in a healthy and strong position. In times like this, jumping from your core philosophies to stem earnings or sales shortfalls tends to have longer term disadvantages.
“AML Foods has a long-term strategic vision of sales and earnings g ...
A new $1.5 million Quality Supermarket store is set to open in the Seagrapes Shopping Center next month.
Rupert Roberts, the owner of Super Value, told Guardian Business that next month's opening will create the third store under the Quality Supermarket banner, representing a total investment of around $4.5 million.
Its opening should create dozens of new jobs.
The well-known businessman acquired three former City Markets locations in Cable Beach, South Beach and Seagrapes after that supermarket chain hit the final chopping block in April, putting hundreds of Bahamians out of work.
"Our third store in the Seagrapes Shopping Center will open up within the next month or so. We opened the second location in South Beach back in December. Cable Beach was the first location that we opened. Overall, we took over three of those stores, investing approximately $1.5 million in each," he explained.
In December, Roberts noted that all of the equipment for the Seagrapes store was in place, but there was still plenty of work to be done before it can start servicing customers. The owner of Super Value expressed pride in his dedicated staff for fighting through adversity to get these stores open.
As for the first Quality Supermarket location in Cable Beach, Roberts pointed out how it's already turning a profit. But he admitted that it might take time before the other two locations enter the black.
"We've been getting a lot of tourists at the Cable Beach location. It's even better for us during the winter months. On a Sunday morning, business at Cable Beach's Quality Market is just about as good as it is here in Golden Gates.
"As the economy improves, all of the old City Market businesses will come back because 60 percent of all businesses are done in locational convenience.
"Cable Beach turned a profit immediately. I think the other two will be breaking even and turning a profit next year."
The Super Value chief maintains he is not concerned that the newest Quality Supermarket location is so close to Super Value's Winton store because "there's enough business in the east to support both."
"I don't think that's going to be a problem because the stores will be run a little differently, with more specialty food in one of them. So there will come difference," he shared. "In fact, when the economy was up, both City Markets and Super Value locations were thriving."
I'm going to be frank. (What else would I be, right?) I am a complainer. A big complainer. A moan and groaner. I suck my teeth and roll my eyes and mumble and grumble and hold my head every day God sends. I look at the dark side, not the bright side. The glass is half empty, every time.
I am a miserable man. I remember every bad thing that's happened to me and I've forgotten most of the good. So, today I want to practice gratitude. Before God strikes me down and lays me low for being an ingrate. I am blessed. I don't say it to be boastful. I am saying so I can believe. I AM BLESSED! I AM BLESSED!
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that in times like these, with food and gas prices so high and men killing each other almost daily, and the general sense of stagnation choking all the air out of our lungs, I want to focus on what's still good in life and what's been good too. So here goes, 10 things I'm grateful for in my life.
1. I am grateful for the hairy mango tree across the street from my house. The hairy mango is my favorite fruit in the whole entire world. I don't have a hairy mango tree. But mangoes from that tree across the street end up in my bottomless belly courtesy of my neighbor, who gathers them up every morning and asks me to take as many as I can. Life is good. Thirty years ago I had to teef to eat the things, now people askin' me to take um. Blessed, I tell you.
2. I am grateful for the Poincianas in full bloom. Have you noticed them? Aren't they absolutely stunning. You can't drive anywhere on the island without seeing them. They're positively brilliant.
3. I am grateful that my last son is bow-legged and gap toothed. The first two don't look like me at all. But this last one, Isaiah? He's a Crooked Island and Acklins man.
4. I am grateful that even at 42 years of age I can spend time watching Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3-D at Galleria Cinemas and enjoy it. DON'T JUDGE ME!
5. I am grateful for the scarlet plum tree. When I was in junior high I scratched the name of my first love in that tree's bark. And the tree is still here 30 years later. And the scarlet plums are just as sweet.
6. I am grateful for the slow sunsets of summer. It feels like it's not really dark til 9 p.m. I'm probably wrong about that but that's how it feels. The hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. are just magical. Lovely time for a drive along the shore. Even better time for a swim.
7. Speaking of swimming, I'm grateful for the "Biggest Wave Ever." That's what my boys call it. We were at Saunders Beach and I stubbornly took them in the water on a rough day. Boys like waves. They're exciting. So, in we went. Well, anyway, we stayed in that water for one wave too many and it occurred to me as my legs were pulled out from under me and my sons and I went under that if I wasn't careful my wife was going to be hearing about us on the evening news. Trust me, I didn't know so much sand could get lost in my swim trunks. There was a pile of it in the shower when I got home. Note to self: next time turn the car around, endure the tears and buy ice cream.
8. And speaking of the kids, last weekend I flew a kite for the first time in my life. Forty-two years of kitelessness, ended. In fact, I was about to give up after 30 minutes of the kite going absolutely nowhere. The 5 o'clock sun was cooking my chest in that stupid shirt I had on and I was getting depressed. I was convinced every adult present was laughing at me out there. So I said, "Let's go home. We'll try again another day." The tears of my eldest son made me try one last time. And then, I figured it out. Maybe I had tied the string in the wrong place. I tied it on the other side, where there was actually a hole to loop it and where you'd actually be able to see the Angel Fish painted on the kite if it ever took off (who knew?). And Voila! Lift off. The Wright Brothers couldn't have been more elated. A kite from Kelly's for my boys: $11. Actually getting the sucker to fly for them on a Sunday afternoon at Clifford Park: priceless.
9. The first time I danced to Kompa music. The year was 1996. The place, Miami. Coco-Walk to be precise. A bunch of us writers who were spending a few weeks at the University of Miami were in a bar and the band was groovin'. Haitian kompa: that's how you have a good time. Sweet, sweet music.
10. Speaking of music. I'm grateful for the night when I saw and heard Tony Mckay aka Exuma the Obeahman, perform "Rude Boy" live. It was Goombay Summer on Bay Street. 1987 or '88. Can't remember. But he was fantastic. We really should properly honor that man. A great, great artist. Someone tell me how Frank Watson got a street named after him before Tony McKay? We suck.
11. I know, I said 10. But I had to add this one. I am also grateful that I saw Pauline Davis-Thompson run, before the rest of the world did. She was a Government High student, just like me, in the mid-1980s and I still see her tearing up the track on the back stretch at the QE Sports Centre. Black lightning. Power and grace. I was proud of her in 1984 and I'm still proud of her today. More power to you Pauline! (And where's her street by the way?) Did I mention that we suck?
Anyway, positivity, positivity. The cup is half full. Half full.
IAN STRACHAN is Associate Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas. You can write him at email@example.com or visit www.ianstrachan.wordpress.com.
Around 119,000 Bahamians have registered to vote in the next general election, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel told The Nassau Guardianyesterday.
Of that total, 50,000 are from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands, Bethel confirmed.
He suggested registration has slowed in recent weeks because people think the recent closing of the old voter register meant the closing of voter registration altogether. Registration will continue until an election is called and Bethel encouraged Bahamians to continue to register.
Bethel said his department probably did not even register 1,000 voters this past week.
The department issued a public notice yesterday asking Bahamians to take advantage of the registration locations that are open today at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon and the Town Centre Mall. Those locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The notice also reminded the public that registration centers at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon, the Town Centre Mall, the National Insurance Board, Baillou Hill Road, Lowes Pharmacy, Soldier Road, the South Beach Post Office, the Carmichael Post Office, the Elizabeth Estates Post Office, the General Post Office and Super Value Food Store, Mackey Street, will be open August 8 to 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Evening registration centers will be open at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon, and the Town Centre Mall from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
"The public is reminded that only Bahamian citizens 18 years and older are eligible to register to vote and applicants are required to produce proof of citizenship," the notice read.
Bethel said there is still a lot of work for his department to do considering that the boundaries commission has not yet met.
"After the boundaries commission is done, then voters cards will be issued," he said. "There is lots of work for the Parliamentary Registration Department."
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
AML Foods' chairman last night branded the $12 million offer by City Markets principal, Mark Finlayson, to acquire 51 per cent majority control of the BISX-listed food retail group as "not in the best interests of all shareholders", telling Tribune Business it would leave them "at the mercy of an untried and unproven" management team.
Describing the announcement by Mr Finlayson and his Trans-Island Traders vehicle, which last November acquired the 78 per cent majority stake in City Markets' Bahamas Supermarkets parent for just $1, as effectively the first "hostile takeover bid" seen in the Bahamian capital markets, Dion ...