Christmas shopping was made even more convenient for Berbicians last Monday with the opening of the three-storey multimillion dollar ‘Stretch D Dollar’ supermarket and supercentre in Pitt Street, New Amsterdam.
The business was formerly just a supermarket but it has been extended and now has more space and a household department.
The supermarket is located on the ground level, the household department on the middle flat and a storage bond on the third floor.
In the supermarket, customers can browse a variety of local and international products in different sections separated by spacious aisles. The supermarket also boasts a walk-in cold storage for the frozen food section that offers a variety of frozen and chilled commodities.
The household department also stocks electrical appliances, curtains, interior decorations and other items to make consumers’ life more comfortable.
According to co-owner Rudolf Blair, he and his wife Rhonda had decided to extend the supermarket for several reasons including the fact that Berbice needed an ‘upgraded’ supermarket, also they needed more space for customers to shop at ease and they want to put more products on the market to give customers a variety of choice in merchandise.
Blair disclosed to Stabroek News that he had the dream of expanding since he first opened ‘Stretch D Dollar’ which started off as an over-the-counter grocery shop. “I always see the dreams because this has become a challenge for me and I will never stop expanding,” he said.
He related that the response from the public has been tremendous. “We only opened on Monday and I didn’t expect for the week to be so busy. It was really good. The household section was well supported by our customers,” Blair said.
He also claimed that they offered the best prices on the market, adding, “We give customers prices they cannot resist.”
Blair declared, “I must say thanks to our customers especially the generous ones who supported me through rain and sun… without them and the almighty God this would have never been possible. They are the reason for this [expansion]. I would like to thank them for their support.”
Stretch D Dollar has been in existence since 2001. It now has three branches – East Canje, New Amsterdam and Rosignol, West Bank Berbice.
The cost of the expansion amounted to $83 million and it has a size of 54×99.