By this time next year residents of the Bodden Town District will have a new shopping option.
Ground was broken Thursday on the new Countryside Shopping Village at Newlands Road, Savannah. The centre is slated to open next October.
When the project is completed, businesses such as Foster’s Food Fair, a Cayman National Bank branch and a Subway shop will contribute to the success of Countryside Village.
Plans have also been arranged to position a small hardware/home improvement centre at the site. Certain proposals have also been put forward to Government to put the new Savannah Post office and various government offices in Phase 2 of the development.
Congratulating the Burke family of Heritage Holdings Ltd. for having the foresight to build the shopping centre, Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts said the centre was a welcomed addition and an astute business decision because Savannah is one of the fastest growing residential areas on the island.
He spoke of how time and mileage would be saved for those living in the area doing their banking, shopping, medicals and government business.
He also said the design of the village, with its small individual buildings and Cayman-style accents would fit neatly into the fabric of the surrounding community.
‘Besides these features, this location will bring other benefits to consumers: a place close to home to purchase supplies before and after hurricanes. Residents without vehicles will have a quicker and safer commute. But just as important, this development promises to invigorate our economy by creating new businesses and jobs, he said.’
Mr. Tibbetts said he was told that one of the wishes of the developers is that the village would become a popular meeting place.
‘On a wider perspective, there is no doubt in my mind that just as Countryside Shopping Village will benefit the residents of Savannah it will also serve to encourage our sense of community and strength in our continued recovery effort, while also serving to encourage further investment in other districts.’