TEATT Minister Stuart Johnson (centre) flanked by executives of Home & U and their family members.
PHILIPSBURG–“Home & U” department store opened its doors on Friday evening in the former Kwik Bargains building on Bush Road with a firm pledge to offer the best prices on the island for good quality products to consumers
Director Kapil Sawilani told guests at the opening that the establishment is enthusiastic to be in St. Maarten and to serve the community here with the best prices and best products. Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Stuart Johnson was on hand at the opening to congratulate the establishment in brief remarks.
The establishment opened 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. The department hopes to 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.
Home & U Director Kapil Sawilani addressing staffers at the opening of the establishment on Friday.
The store has two floors with 650 square metres on each floor filled with items for consumers. Home & U will have more than 2,500 different items to choose from and new products will be brought in every 15 days, so there will always be something new in store.
The Sawilani family has about 30 years’ experience in the industry after opening its first store “La Curaçao” in Curaçao 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. The department store sources its products from a number of countries around the world. Home & U works directly with manufacturers eliminating the need for middlemen and is able to keep its prices on the lower end. The opening of the establishment has created jobs for about 15 local employees thus far.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/92367-home-u-opens-its-doors-promises-competitive-prices