by Michron Robinson
“Only God knows when business in Speightstown will pick up but sales are slow all over… Some days I would sit and no one would pass.”
Comments such as these have come from many vendors who are complaining that business is nowhere near close to thriving in the area known as Barbados’ second largest town centre.
Waveney Griffith and her husband (who did not want to be identified in the story) said that sales are generally slow.
“I do not know when sales will pick back up but this is 10 years that my wife has been selling and it is slow all over,” he said.
Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, who contested the rural St. Peter seat for his New Barbados Kingdom Alliance and lost, who was in the area, said that there were not many events to help the businesses in St. Peter.
“Anything that is to be done in St. Peter must be done to a scale to help the businesses. The last Speightstown Alive project that they had was centred in the esplanade area and by the time most of the activities came most of the stores were closed,” Scantlebury explained.
“Speightstown is really a cluster of streets and it depends on where you are located on those streets because it could make it a dead place for your sales. You must have a thriving business where you will get customers or you must be located on either Church Street or Queen Street in order to do well,” he said.
He added that a lot of the mainstream businesses such as Cave Shepherd, the Bionic Shop, Cloister Bookstore, which once brought customers to Speightstown, are now long gone and he pointed out that there was not one sports, games or music store in Speightstown.