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AgroGrace Reopens Mandeville Store

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey
From left: General manager of Agro Grace, Olive Downer-Walsh; veterinary representative for LASCO, Lebert Rowe; assistant manager, Agro Grace, Heather Wellington; and assistant vice-president of finance and industries for the Northern Caribbean University, Sally-Ann Corrodus, are engaged in discussion at the opening.
From left: Project Manager, Hardware and Lumber Dean Clarke; Sales and Business Development Manager, AgroGrace, Michael Powell and Board Chairman Hardware and Lumber, Erwin Burton exchanging ideas.
Officially opening the doors to the new Agro Grace building at 18 Ward Avenue, Mandeville, are (from left) Erwin Burton, board chairman, Hardware and Lumber; Donna Doran, CEO, Hardware and Lumber; and general manager of Agro Grace, Olive Downer-Walsh.

Having spent 13 years at 6 Ward Avenue in Mandeville, the retail farm store Agro Grace has now officially relocated to a 3,300-square-foot building at 18 Ward Avenue, designed for customers' shopping comfort while offering more space for an increased inventory.

Providing not only products to farmers but also information and support through fieldwork and training, the GraceKennedy subsidiary has evolved from the distribution of fertilisers and other small agricultural products to becoming the country's leading supplier for agri-business, public health pest management and home gardening supplies.

"This new location here in Mandeville exemplifies our commitment to constantly reinventing and re-energising the business to meet the needs of the market," said general manager of Agro Grace, Olive Downer-Walsh.

According to member of parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, this investment and the presence of companies such as Agro Grace will lend to the nation's economic growth.

"We are in transition in the parish in terms agriculture, we have now some cutting-edge farmers... and I think there is tremendous potential for the future."

With five Agro Grace stores located islandwide, the Manchester branch, in addition to the St Elizabeth branch, are said to be the powerhouse suppliers for the central region, adding to the parishes' leading rates of production over the years.

Experiencing first-hand the impact of Agro Grace in the parish, customer and business owner Doreen Lawson told The Gleaner, "I regard them as a vital partner, us sharing a symbiotic relationship... they have been able to enhance the business environment we operate in, and, in so doing, allowing all of us, as consumers and retailers, to be a part of that experience..."