Fresh look for familiar Cayman furniture store

Dozens of people gathered in the parking lot of Tomlinson Furniture to mark the store’s grand reopening in Grand Cayman last Thursday evening. 

The store, which was established in 1976 by Tony and Chrissie Tomlinson and is now owned by their daughter Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, has a fresh new look in the same location. Last year, the old home of Tomlinson Furniture was demolished to make way for the new three-story building on the corner of Hospital and Walkers roads. 

With the cut of a ribbon on Thursday, Ms. Tomlinson-Smith said, “I now declare this building officially open.” 

She said even before the grand reopening, “you could feel the people’s interest.” 

“On June 1 when we pulled that blind down, we didn’t even advertise and the people were flocking in. The support has been great through the years,” she said. 

“I’m proud of my parents,” she added. “I’m extremely grateful to them for putting so much into us and having so much foresight. My dad, especially, was an amazing person with great foresight. Look at this, he chose a spot that ends up being the busiest intersection in the whole island. It advertises itself.” 

Among those attending the grand reopening was Michael Munnings, country head for RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Ltd. 

“It’s a pleasure to be part of such a great occasion, to see local Caymanian businessmen continue to succeed and excel,” he said. “To see [the Tomlinson family] continue to give back to the community is fantastic.” 

Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, third from right, cuts the ribbon
Jacqui Tomlinson-Smith, third from right, cuts the ribbon to mark the grand reopening of Tomlinson Furniture, accompanied by, from left, Carmella McLean, oldest member of the founder’s family; Karen Goddard, sister of the owner; Robert Whorms; Renee Whorms, general manager; Christina Smith, Ms. Tomlinson-Smith’s daughter; and Vaughan Smith, Ms. Tomlinson-Smith’s son and project manager. – PHOTO: MATT LAMERS