The Massy Stores supermarket at Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church will close its doors for the final time on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 9 p.m.
At the same time, management of the Trinidad and Tobago conglomerate has vowed that it would “aggressively” pursue plans to establish a discount store at the same location, construct an integrated store at Kendal Hill and renovate the existing supermarket at Sunset Crest, St James.
These plans were confirmed in a press release issued tonight by the management of Massy Stores following a two-hour meeting with over 200 workers yesterday at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
The press release stated that the imminent closure of what was popularly known as JBs Supercentre before the rebranding, was preceded by extensive discussions with social partners, particularly the workers’ representatives, the Barbados Workers Union, as the company endeavoured to fulfill its commitment to social dialogue.
Forty-seven workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure; however, the company said it would provide support to those impacted by the changes.
“To this end the management of Massy Stores remains committed to ensuring that the 47 displaced persons are treated fairly and equitably in this process. A number of initiatives, which will include counselling, retraining and other support programmes are being put in place to assist persons who will be displaced, as well as those indirectly affected by the changes,” stated the release, issued late this evening.
Massy Stores said it was thankful to the staff of the Sargeant’s Village outlet “for their dedication and commitment” to high standards of service, particularly during the consultation process.
“This level of professionalism is to be commended and we are confident that these standards will be upheld across our other locations as we make the transition.
“Additionally, Massy Stores thanks all of its loyal customers who made the Sargeant’s Village location their supermarket of choice over the past 30 years. We assure you that the staff at our other supermarkets, particularly the neighbouring supermarkets of Worthing, Oistins, and Sky Mall, stand ready to serve you with the same standard of quality service and extensive product selection that you have come to expect from Massy Stores Supermarket Sargeant’s Village.”
JBs supermarket became the fourth of the Super Centre stores in 1987 when the company purchased what was then JBs Minimart.
The Massy group currently employs approximately 3,500 people across its operations in Barbados and about 10,000 across its entire group. The chain of supermarkets, which
are dotted across Barbados, was rebranded to Massy Stores last year.