Massy ready for Ross influx
WITH LESS THAN A MONTH until the opening of Ross University School of Medicine, Massy Stores is ready to meet the demand of the 1 500 students.
This is according to chief executive officer
Randall Banfield, nine days after Massy took over operations of Fresh Market at The Villages at Coverley, Christ Church.
“I think the university coming here has been a wonderful development for Barbados and certainly will help with the economic challenges that we face,” he said, following a visit of Minister of Commerce Dwight Sutherland to the store’s Warrens,
St Michael location.
“We are told the first set of students will arrive on the 29th of December and they will be arriving in waves every day for four or five days until they’re all here,” he added.
Banfield said he had already been encouraged by what he had seen so far.
He added that even though this was Massy’s first foray into a student type of supermarket, the chain MASSY STORES BARBADOS chief executive officer Randall Banfield speaking about plans for Coverley. was going to do all it could to be ready for the students’ arrival.
“We’re going to make every effort to make certain we are ready and they are not disappointed. We will plan accordingly and we won’t let down the Coverley team, the Ross team or the Massy team.”
Ross University will operate from the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, with the first day of teaching being next January 7.
Meanwhile, C.O. Williams Construction and Preconco have been hard at work building 66 precast units and refurbishing another 300-plus units for accommodation. Work is also under way to provide a new entrance and easier access along the ABC Highway.
Earlier this year, Ross University announced it would move from Dominica after operating there for 40 years. On August 3, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said she expected the university’s introduction to be a major boost.
“The economic activity that we expect Ross to bring as a result of their presence there is likely to be in the vicinity of $100 million, one per cent of GDP. We believe this is the kind of direction, the kind of investment, the kind of partnership we want to bring,” she said.
IN ADDITION to the 66 newly constructed units at The Villages at Coverley, 300 pre-existing units are being renovated.