Standard officially opens new flagship store at MQI Complex, Wildey

The opening of a new flagship store for leading retail home appliance, electronics and furniture company, Standard Distributors (Barbados) Ltd. demonstrates its continued commitment to Barbados and faith that the economic climate here will improve.

This from Chief Executive Officer of Standard Distributors, Katrina Newton as Standard officially opened their flagship over the weekend at the MQI Complex, in Wildey, St. Michael.

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With 10,000 square feet of retail space and a clean and contemporary design that represents the new face of Standard, this new store is a major investment that signals our intent to remain and thrive within this market,” Ms. Newton said before an audience that included Commerce Minister, Donville Inniss; President and Chief Executive Officer of ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd., Nicholas Mouttet; Canon Noel Burke, Rector of St. David’s Anglican Church; and management, staff and customers of Standard.

In her remarks, the Standard CEO also took time to describe some of the new store’s features.

“We’ve added new lines in every department especially in our furniture department where our customers will be able to experience an even more extensive range of products that will suit their taste and budget.” The flagship store will also be opening seven days a week, making it more convenient for customers to shop.

“The Barbadian consumer is expecting, indeed demanding, a higher level of merchandising and product presentation ?along with an enhanced customer experience and that’s what our new store offers,” Ms. Newton said.

Standard CEO Katrina Newton showing the Commerce Minister the range of appliances available

The new flagship store replaces the Haggatt Hall branch which was closed at the end of September. In preparation for its opening all customer-facing staff at the Wildey store have received intensive sales and service training. In addition, all employees took part in merchandising training earlier this year.

“We made a commitment to retain our employees after the closure of Haggatt Hall by redeploying them temporarily to our Meadow Road Bargain Centre. Our customers can, therefore, look forward to seeing the familiar faces they’ve grown to know so well,” the Standard CEO explained.

An exciting and innovative feature of the new location, which employs 12 employees, is the Frigidaire model kitchen. “Customers can look forward to regular interactive cooking sessions in which our Frigidaire range of products will be demonstrated,” Ms. Newton said.

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As the ribbon was cut by Donville Inniss, Commerce Minister there was a brief spurt of fireworks and confetti to finalise the ceremony.

The innovations and contemporary design which customers will experience in the store at the MQI Complex will eventually be rolled out in the Tudor Street store.

Celebrating the opening of the new store, which had its soft-opening last Friday, a number of promotions are taking place, Ms. Newton (at right) said, seen here with Renee Ratcliffe (left, in blue satin) who coordinated the launch's decor.

Celebrating the opening of the new store, which had its soft-opening last Friday, a number of promotions are taking place, Ms. Newton (at right) said, seen here with Renee Ratcliffe (left, in blue satin) who coordinated the launch’s decor.

Standard Distributors, which has been operating in Barbados for 55 years, is a member of the ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. group of companies. In his remarks President and CEO of ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd., Nicholas Mouttet emphasized that ANSA McAL was committed to Barbados. “We continue to re-invest our profits into our nine subsidiaries in Barbados including Standard. We are also looking forward to other major renovations and reinvigoration of our plant across the group so that our customers experience the very best of what we have to offer,” Mr. Mouttet said.

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