Leading T&T business Excellent Stores opens branch in Saint Lucia

Leading T&T business Excellent Stores opens branch in Saint Lucia
The business will be housed at Johnson's Centre in Rodney Bay.
The business will be housed at Johnson’s Centre in Rodney Bay.

(SNO) — One of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading department stores has set up shop in Saint Lucia.

Excellent Stores Limited has announced that Saint Lucia is its first location outside Trinidad and Tobago. To celebrate this occasion, the company is holding a grand opening ceremony at the Johnson’s Centre, Rodney Bay on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Excellent Stores, which has been serving the twin island republic for over 60 years, operates nine outlets which includes six retail branches, a seasonal store, an online store, and now the branch in Saint Lucia.

The company, which employs over 300 people, said its success and customer loyalty is driven by its pricing policy which provides the “most affordable prices for excellent quality goods, equating to true value for money”.

Johnson’s Centre in the day.

The company added that its is a household name that offers the widest selection of consumer-packaged products throughout T&T.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the company’s Managing Director Franco Siu Chong, and Lenard Montoute, parliamentary representative for Gros-Islet, and Minister of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment and Human Services, are scheduled to deliver remarks at the launch.

Excellent Stores was founded by Siu Joy Chong of China and his wife Hong Ling Chong after he arrived in T&T in 1937.

Ten years later the couple began their first business venture after purchasing and operating a shirt factory on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.

By 1958 they established The Excellent Trading Company variety store which first opened on Henry Street, Port of Spain, followed by Excellent Stores Limited in 1989.


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  1. I lived in Nigeria and visited various African countries in the post colonial days. Long before any European entered Africa, there were bloody wars between many tribes. Especially in Southern Africa. In those days the muslim Arabs were the huge slave traders taking the men and castrated them. Well now the Chinese are building a lot of infrastucture in exchange for natural resources. After 12 years of happy live in beautiful St. Lucia, we live now in thriving Panama. A multi racial country. 6% of the population is Chinese, who own mostly mini markets and hardware stores since about 100 years ago when they arrived as workers to build the canal. Many poepie for Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados worked also on the Canal, all as paid workers. Consequently 6% of the population is black Hard working people. You will be amazed how Panama as a multi racial nation develloped in the past 25 years. It is about 30% cheaper to live here than in St. Lucia.
    You will enyoy a visit in the dry seazon form December till mid May.


        • Oh, here we go, blaming white bogeymen for our situation again.

          Considering Africa is considered the cradle of civilization. You have to wonder why we were scratching our balls for so long that Europeans overtook us and decided to make better use of the land than the Africans who were still living in the bush. Heck, one could argue we still live in the bush today because their are still tribes using spares and are yet to discover writing and the alphabet. And our literacy rate sucks in this country, you just have to listen to frustrated radio and talk show hosts on call-in programmes.

          Tell me something, can you name one great structure that black people have built that has stood the test of time? Europeans have countless monuments, structures, architecture and great cities.

          Africa had thousands of years to build these things before Europeans came, before they even existed yet when they arrived in Africa the people were too busy fighting amongst themselves to build anything of significance.

          The only notably great thing Africa built were the Pyramids of Egypt, thousands of years ago. And even that needed forced labour to get black people to do anything productive.

          Two great cities in Africa, Cape Town and Johannesburg. These are really nice cities. Guess what? Both were built by white people. Where are the black people cities? New Orleans? Chicago? Atlanta? Detroit? Run by black people, riddled with crime. Apartheid ended decades ago. The African National Congress is in charge of South Africa. There is more crime and poverty amongst black people in South Africa today than when the white people were in charge.

          Anyway, the reason I bring all this up is to make us acutely aware of our shortcomings as black people so whenever the natural urge for us to be negative comes up and revert to our tribalism we pause and try to take a constructive approach to solving our challenges. Before you can repair the chink in your armour you must first acknowledge it is there.


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