|Minister of Commerce and Trade, Senator Haynesley Benn, and Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, admiring the shoes on sale at the Payless Shoe Source. (A. Miller/BGIS)??|
Barbados welcomed a new addition to its shopping offerings last night, with the official opening of the Payless Shoe Source at Mall Internationale, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.
In his address, Minister of Commerce and Trade, Senator Haynesley Benn, observed that Payless’ focus on high quality and low prices, while offering the best deal to consumers aligned with Government’s objective to address the cost of living.?? He commended the company "for having the foresight and faith in Barbados to embark on this important venture in these trying times".??
Mr. Benn pointed out that, to overcome challenges, businesses needed to be innovative and "new enterprises [must] be encouraged to establish businesses here in Barbados…We must view Payless as offering the consumer another option in the purchasing of footwear and related products, thereby enhancing competition in that section of the market."
Catering to the wider community was also addressed during the ceremony, when Executive Vice President, Steve Gish presented donations to Variety The Children’s Charity and the Barbados Cancer Society. Mr. Gish, who thanked the government for welcoming the company into the market, revealed that Payless was dedicated to being a responsible corporate partner and gave the assurance that the investment was a long-term commitment.??
He added that the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids programme, which the company had established in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, would be brought to Barbados in the future.?? Mr. Gish also disclosed that scouting for additional store locations had begun, with six additional branches to be established over the next two years.