After seven years in the works, Cox Lumber Ltd. opened the doors to its new store in Bodden Town Friday.
Kyle Hooker, grandson of company founder Linton Tibbetts, dedicated the grand opening to his grandfather.
“What we are celebrating here today has required skilled leadership, vision, foresight and planning and we have to believe that my grandfather Linton Tibbetts is looking down today with the ultimate sense of Caymanian pride and excitement as this was one of the two projects he wanted to see come to fruition before he passed away in October of 2011,” said Mr. Hooker.
He invited officials and guests at the grand opening to tour the new store and building on Lake Destiny Drive. The groundbreaking at the site was done in October 2013.
“My grandfather always had the vision to expand to Bodden Town. However, it was only in 2007 that the idea of a store in Bodden Town surfaced. Grandpa always felt that Grand Cayman and its economy would actively and steadily move to Bodden Town and East End in the coming years,” Mr. Hooker said.
The property was secured in 2008 and immediately cleared and de-mucked and the surrounding swamp filled in to be ready for construction when Mr. Tibbetts and the board felt the timing was right.
The new facility has two warehouses, including an interior and exterior door shop, an asphalt paved lumber yard and a state-of-the-art 11,000-square-foot retail store.
Speaking at the opening, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell said, “Uncle Linton was the face of the family. If he was here today, you would not miss him sporting his red shirt, white shoes and white belt and he did that whenever he was opening the store or selling 2×4’s on Saturday mornings.”
Bodden Town representative and Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden congratulated the family on its accomplishments and for bringing work to people in the area.
Commerce Minister Wayne Panton, who is also a Bodden Town MLA, thanked the Tibbetts family for bringing the facility to the district, which he said represented the forward-looking, prescient approach that Mr. Tibbetts took to a lot of his businesses dealings.
Premier Alden McLaughlin said he had passed by the site for many years and wondered when it would every come to fruition and he was delighted to be there for the opening of the facility. He said it was a huge step forward not just for Cayman but for employment opportunities for the people in the area.
“I knew Mr. Linton,” he said, “and I know he is up there in Heaven looking down and saying, ‘Well done, Kyle and the rest of the family, you have made my vision come true.’”