By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguynana.com] – Hundreds of citizens left their homes, places of work and businesses and converged at the corners of Regent and Cummings Streets, making the thoroughfare impassable, to witness the opening of the first branch of American Stores here in Guyana.
The opening of the Trinidadian home furnishing business now provides Guyanese with another option to choose from when seeking to furnish their homes this Christmas.
The initiative by American Stores has been welcomed by the Private Sector, the Government and evidently so, the citizenry.
The opening on Saturday (December 7) though one week late, due to bad weather saw the giving away of millions in prizes. Those present were treated to live performances by local artistes.
The company, prior to opening its doors allowed citizens to fill coupons (50,000) countrywide, all of which was placed in a single rotisserie from which ten lucky persons walked away with the grand prizes.
Company Representative Pauline Hamilton boast of great quality products, fine prices and what she said was a special type of service. She said the company is also committed to charity.
Hamilton urged all to support the businesses even as plans to set up more branches countrywide were announced. Currently, American Stores employs over 50 Guyanese.
The total cost of the investment is yet to be made public but according to President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Clinton Urling the size of the building does signal the company’s intent to stay here for a while and inevitably expand.
The GCCI President congratulated the owners. He said what is even more laudable is that Guyana was chosen as the first country in the Caribbean for its regional expansion.
Urling added that the investment represents an example of what the country has to offer in that regard. He said such investments are vital and Guyana could not bear to do without them.
“Such investments are good; it can only be a good thing for consumers.”
The GCCI Head said other such stores which have been in Guyana for decades have provided exemplary service but noting that with the entry of American Stores comes competition which will redound to the benefit of consumers.
He said the timing for the launch was apt with Christmas mere days away and wished the company well in all its endeavors.