Home and U on Bush Road.
Some of the items in Home and U.
The store carries a wide variety of curtains and other items.
PHILIPSBURG–Persons looking for electronic items and accessories for the home will have another option in the market to get their products when “Home and U” department store opens on Bush Road in the former Kwik Bargains building this Friday.
The establishment is opening after a US $800,000 investment to get its operations up and running to bring quality products at competitive prices to consumers in St. Maarten.
Director Kapil Sawilani told The Daily Herald on Monday that the department store will be a one stop shop for consumers looking for items for their homes from curtains to items for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and appliances to electronic items. Electronic items will include mobile phones, blenders, fridges washing machines, air conditioning units and stoves amongst many other items.
The store has two floors with 650 square metres on each floor filled with items for consumers. Home and U will have more than 2,500 different items for consumers to choose from and new products will be brought in every 15 days, so there will always be something new in store.
Sawilani said the family has more than 25 years of experience in the industry after opening its first store “La Curacao” in Curacao more than two and a half decades ago and subsequently stores in Aruba (Lucky Store) and Bonaire (Bonaire Superstore).
This will be their first store in St. Maarten and they are very positive about the future of the establishment here and are excited to offer variety and good pricing to St. Maarten consumers.
“We have a very big electronics section,” Sawilani said. “And we are most known for our prices. We are one of the most budget friendly locations on any island. We offer a one stop shop at the best price,” he added, noting that consumers can already get all their Christmas supplies at the establishment.
The department store sources its products from a number of countries around the world. Home and U works directly with manufacturers eliminating the need for middle men and is able to keep its prices on the lower end. “We want to come into the St. Maarten market with a bang. We believe in our products and the prices and quantity are what is really going to attract the people of St. Maarten,” he said. “We decided to enter the St. Maarten market because we saw a great opportunity for a store like ours. St. Maarten is a little further away from the ABC islands, but we took leap and here we are today.”
The opening of the establishment has created jobs for about 15 local employees and the company is looking for more. They also hope to expand with a second location on the Cole Bay side of the AJC Brouwer Road (Cole Bay Hill) or on another island. “We have high expectations for this island.”