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It's Officially Open: Hi-Lo Barbican Unveils New Store

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 6:00 AMKeisha Hill
From Left: Donna Taylor-Wright, customer experience manager; Jacqui Nielssen, Nielssen’s Properties; Fay McIntosh; Marta Bonilla, wife of the Chilean ambassador; Don Wehby, group CEO, GraceKennedy Limited; Chile’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Eduardo Bonilla; and Hillary Wehby pose for the camera at the store opening.

In exclusive red-carpet style, the melodious tones of singer extraordinaire Gem Myers and musical renditions from saxophonist Kemroy Bonefield, Hi-Lo Food Stores, a division of GK Foods and Services Limited, unveiled the new look of its Barbican location to customers and suppliers on Sunday.

The Barbican location is the second to be officially renovated and launched this year and has been getting rave reviews since its completion in April.

According to RenÈe Nathan, general manager of Hi-Lo, the changes made to its locations are as a result of feedback they received from their customers. The store has been transformed "into a modern grocery shopping space in keeping with international standards. We have expanded our product offerings to satisfy the needs of our customers", Nathan said.

standardised look

Nathan added that Hi-Lo has committed J$1billion to the renovation of six stores over a two-year period. The aim, she said, is for their "customers to have an overall shopping experience and for the stores to have a standardised look and feel".

There are now wider aisles, a luxurious customer lounge, and an expanded product range. Other improvements include an improved bakery, which bakes a fresh batch of breads and sweet treats daily, and a green juice bar, which offers healthy juice options.

FS5 commitment

Don Wehby, group chief executive officer at GraceKennedy Limited, said he was proud to see Hi-Lo Food Stores delivering on its FS5 commitment of fresh stores, fast service, frequent savings, full shelves, and friendly stores.

"We officially launched a beautiful, new-look Manor Park store in January of this year, and we are pleased to be able to now treat you to the Hi-Lo Barbican experience. Hi-Lo Barbican is open for business, bigger and better. Come in, look around, shop, and be sure to let us know what you think," Wehby said.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com