Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is bowled over by the kind of global business brands that Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown, St. James has been able to attract to Barbados.
Following a tour of the upscale centre this morning, Stuart told reporters he did not regret accepting the invitation of Director Paul Altman to visit the facility today, even though he took a long time to fulfill the request.
“I quite frankly, have no regrets at all to come here this morning to savour the architectural splendor of Limegrove. It was pleasure to have the architect, Doug Luke as part of the tour, because it brought me face to face with the kind of genius we have here in Barbados that sometimes we are inclined to take for granted,” pointed out Stuart.
He acknowledged the appeal of the courtyard and the local flora utilised, adding: “The reproduction of some of those motiffs in some of the stores, is a source of great inspiration to me.
“Of course this outfit here at Limegrove appeals to visitors, to people in the area of international business; and of course it has scope for locals as well. Therefore, to have conceived of a project like this, and to see it come to this stage of maturation, is really a credit to Barbados but a credit to you as well. This project therefore is evidence of how special a place Barbados is.”
“If one is not careful when one is walking through this complex, one could easily forget one is in Barbados; and believe that one is in some metropolitan capital where we are more accustomed to see outfits of this kind,” declared Stuart.
“That you have been able to attract so many high-end brands to Barbados, is of course, a tribute to your steadfastness, your painstaking and to your persistence.”
Declaring he was a fan of the Mont Blanc brand, Stuart, while touring the store bought one of the Meisterstuck (classic) fountain pens. Stuart was also given an undisclosed wrapped gift when he visited the Ralph Lauren outlet. Among the other stores he toured were Louis Vuitton, Diamonds International and Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Limited.
Altman, who led the touring party, said the centre should soon be officially opened, even though it was in business for the past three years.
“We’ve just completed our last building. Limegrove has brought the world’s top brands to Barbados, and in our opinion, this was the one attraction missing, as part of our high end tourism package.
“Barbadians have also welcomed the quality of experience which Limegrove offers, providing what we all know as retail therapy. Retail therapy is part of everyone’s programme. We are delighted we have achieved that,” announced the real estate mogul.
He also disclosed that further expansion of the facility was in the works. (EJ)