Kirk Marine anchors new spot at 454 Commercial Centre

Kirk Marine has moved to a new location in 454 Commercial Centre, Eastern Avenue, across the street from Kirk Supermarket & Pharmacy.

The new location is the largest marine store in Cayman, said Rosalind Robinson, marketing manager.

The company was previously located at 51 Lancaster Crescent in Industrial Park.

Ms Robinson said the new, larger location has enabled Kirk Marine to offer a wider range of goods and services, including beach wear lines with brand names such as Pelagic, Salt Life and Platypus, with more to come. The store also offers more water sports goods, such as stand up paddle boards from YOLO Board.

Kirk Marine’s parts and service, fishing supplies, boats and engines and personal watercraft departments are also bigger and have a wider range of products, including being the authorised dealer for BRP – Sea-Doo and Evinrude.

Kirk Marine’s move is one of several changes that have occurred since George Town Estates Ltd. purchased 454 Commercial Centre, formerly known as the Thompson Shipping Building.

Michael Ewer, of UK-based Gold Leaf Property Investments and Cayman-based George Town Estates, said the Cayman company purchased the property in February 2008 from Thompson Shipping, which leased back its space until its new premises were completed in January 2011 at the Cayman Shipping Centre Building in Industrial Park.

On Eastern Avenue, 454 Commercial Centre has nearly 20,000 square-feet of space on two floors. In the spring, Kirk Marine agreed to lease terms and began refurbishing its new space, which comprises 80 per cent of the ground floor, with Beltina’s Special Occasions occupying the rest of the ground floor, which totals nearly 10,000 square-feet.

The erstwhile Thompson Shipping Building was also the former home of Cayman Shoe Shop, which moved to 90c Godfrey Nixon Way, in the building next to Island Electronics. The shoe shop held its official grand opening for the Godfrey Nixon 
location on 31 March.

With the first floor of 454 Commercial Centre occupied by two primary tenants, the second floor consists of office suites ranging in size from 300 square feet and up.

“Upstairs there is nearly 10,000 square-feet of office space with a central corridor and various cellular offices on either side. The layout is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses and the offices are being offered by the landlord on short term “easy in – easy out” contracts”, Mr. Ewer said.

The landlord is currently in the process of improving the building, he said, and executed two new leases just last week. He said there are still up to 15 office suites available in a variety of sizes, and ‘all-inclusive’ prices start at $195 per week.

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