Nassau, Bahamas, — AML Foods Limited officially opened its newest retail outlet Solomon’s Yamacraw on Thursday. The 38,000 square-foot grocery store is located on Yamacraw Hill Road. AML invested a total of $14.5 million into the development.
The Hon. Ellsworth Johnson, Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Member of Parliament for Yamacraw joined the company’s Board of Directors and leadership team during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location this morning. Members of the Thelma Gibson Primary School Choir also performed during the brief opening ceremony.
Gavin Watchorn, President & CEO at AML Foods Limited thanked event participants for celebrating another significant milestone in the company’s history and hinted at plans for additional expansion in the near future.
“Today, we are pleased to officially welcome the new Solomon’s Yamacraw location to our fleet of grocery stores throughout the country. This location adds 80 new jobs bringing the total number of employees at Solomon’s branded retail outlets to just over 340. Our team at Yamacraw is committed to providing quality product offerings and high levels of service that our customers have come to expect from the Solomon’s brand,” Watchorn said.
At the event, AML officials announced that in addition to the recent expansion to Yamacraw, the company has purchased land for development in Southern New Providence. “Even during these tough economic times, our plans continue for future expansion. We believe in the local economy and we will continue to serve the Bahamian community all while providing opportunities for employment and training for our team.”
AML broke ground on the Solomon’s Yamacraw project in September 2016 after acquiring the 5-acre tract of land from Luxury Homes Bahamas Limited for $3million. The new Yamacraw location brings the total number of Solomon’s branded grocery stores in The Bahamas up to four including Solomon’s Super Center on Old Trail Road and Solomon’s Lucaya and Solomon’s Freeport on Grand Bahama.
“Our four Solomon’s stores perform nearly 60,000 transactions on a weekly basis and our team continues to source products that offer quality, value and real savings. We are looking forward to providing residents in the east with the same quality products and service that our other customers currently enjoy,” Renea Bastian, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at AML Foods Limited explained.
“To celebrate our expansion into Eastern New Providence, we have an entire weekend of activities planned starting with today’s ribbon cutting ceremony. We’re inviting the community to come out, sample new products from local and international vendors and take advantage of our exclusive grand opening specials and giveaways this weekend at the Yamacraw location. We will also be distributing a grand opening 12-page color flier supplement that is filled with specials and discounts that are available at all of our Solomon’s locations, in Nassau and Freeport.”
Solomon’s is a subsidiary of AML Foods Limited, an innovative Bahamian company that employs more than 1,000 persons in New Providence and Grand Bahama. The company is 100% owned and operated by 1,200-plus local shareholders.