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Shop in Style and Elegance at New HiLo Barbican Store

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:00 AMKeisha Hill
The ambiemce is clean, fresn, airy and comfortable and customers can wait in this cosy lounge.
There are adequate numbers of cash registers and ample space for you to queue up to cash your groceries.
Check out the new bakery with an attractive display of freshly baked favourites.
Customers see the fresh produce section as they enter the supermarket.
This is it. The parking lot, perimeter fencing and grounds have also undergone a beautiful transformation.
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The refurbishing exercise at the Hi-Lo Barbican Road supermarket is now completed and customers can anticipate a world-class and exciting shopping experience.

Now outfitted with expanded shelf space, new floors, new ceilings, modern lighting, more cash registers and new refrigeration units, customers can shop with ease, comfort and style.

Fully stocked with a wide range of grocery and non-grocery items at competitive prices, Renee Nathan, general manager, Hi-Lo Food Stores division, told The Gleaner that they have been receiving positive feedback from new and existing customers regarding the decor and improved ambience of the store.

"We have completed internal and external refurbishing of the store. Our customers are very pleased with the renovations and are more comfortable shopping here. We are really excited about the prospects of the store going forward," Nathan said.

ADDED PRODUCT LINES

And, Theresa McLeod, store manager at the location, said most of the customers are happy to see the store come alive. With the official opening set for June, McLeod is anticipating more patronage, especially with its added product lines.

Hi-Lo intends to renovate its 14 supermarkets with the objective of meeting its customer's expectations and enabling them to improve their overall shopping experience. According to Nathan, plans are now being made to start working on their Fairview location in Montego Bay, with the aim of renovating all stores across the island over a five-year period.

Hi-Lo reportedly acquired equipment from Supermarket Source, an US-based firm that specialises in supermarket and grocery store equipment and supplies. Local architects Martin Lyn & Associates were contracted to deal with external building design, construction management and project management, while Core Retail Group Inc was responsible for design.

Part of the GraceKennedy Group since 1984, Hi-Lo Food Stores is the second-largest supermarket chain in Jamaica. They are located in Cross Roads; Half-Way Tree; Barbican; Manor Park; the University of the West Indies, Mona campus; Port Maria in St Mary; Negril, Westmoreland; two in St James; Mandeville, Manchester; and two in St Catherine - Spanish Town and Portmore.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com