Massy ready for Ross in­flux

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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.

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(Pic­ture by Nigel Browne.)

IN AD­DI­TION to the 66 newly con­structed units at The Vil­lages at Cover­ley, 300 pre-ex­ist­ing units are be­ing ren­o­vated.

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