Uncertain future for mall vendors

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Some vendors will be displaced due to the decrease in the number of booths that will remain after the renovation at the Heritage Quay mall, said Anthony Stuart, former executive director of the St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC). This became clear to him during his visit to the site two weeks ago.
The future of the displaced merchants is uncertain.
Stuart said that the merchants have been operating their businesses there for quite a while, dating back to the time of his tenure at the SJDC.
Meanwhile, the SJDC is issuing application forms to the relocated vendors for them to re-apply for their former spaces at the refurbished site, according to a long-time business woman based at the Heritage Quay mall.
“I really don’t understand that. It doesn’t make sense,” she said.
During the time when the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) gained power, she recalled, Neil Butler was the Executive Director of the SJDC. At that time, the corporation said that it had new lease contracts to issue to the vendors. But that never materialized.
In her opinion, although the “original contracts” are outdated, they should still be binding until new ones are presented.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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