Dart puts in plans for new Foster’s store

| 26/09/2017 | 17 Comments
CNS Business

Artist’s rendition: A 50-foot wide pedestrian promenade connects Fosters IGA to the Camana Bay Town Centre

(CNS Business): Cayman’s largest land owner has announced yet another venture to expand its growing property empire. Dart Real Estate has submitted a planning application to build a supermarket at the northern end of Camana Bay, which Foster’s Food Fair has agreed to lease. According to a release on the company website, the 60,000 square feet of supermarket will be larger than any of the current Foster’s locations. The application includes a four-level parking structure, a covered 50-foot wide pedestrian walkway and a dining area within the store.

Outdoor seating is planned throughout the area and solar panels will be mounted on both the main and parking structures, the company said. Should the proposal receive the green light from the Central Planning Authority, officials said the project is estimated to take around two years to complete.

Dart Real Estate president Jackie Doak said she was “thrilled” that Foster’s, which already leases the Bay Market store selling expensive and high-end produce, was expanding their relationship with Dart. “Customers will enjoy a larger supermarket, complete with natural light, covered walkways and covered parking, making the grocery shopping experience even more pleasant.”

Woody Foster, the Managing Director of the family supermarket business, said the company would remain committed to its everyday offerings and pricing structure.

“We have enjoyed great success with our Bay Market location at Camana Bay and we are excited to open a new supermarket where there is more space for shoppers,” he said. “This allows us to offer an enhanced experience with more brand variety gourmet goods and specialty items, as well as our core offerings for our loyal customers, who can count on us to deliver quality products at affordable prices with excellent service.”

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have long been a Fosters customer. As soon as this store opens I will shop elsewhere - and I will have to go out of my way to do that.

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  2. anonymous says:

    George Town (GT) will soon be known as the old GT and Caymana Bay the new GT. Woody, I know that you don't have the Cayman so-called middle class in mind as your targeted market; I agree that the prices will keep out the lower-class, which is sadly the new norm

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sounds super. I'd rather go where the lower classes cannot. I worked hard for that privilege.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    “Customers will enjoy a larger supermarket" - larger than which one? we need specifics, this is so awesome, cause an even larger one for us means we get more space to enjoy being price gouged beyond belief in a larger premises....stop teasing us!

    "complete with natural light" - really? you'll let the sun shine for us? You guys...you guys!

    "covered walkways and covered parking" - i'm so moist right now

    "making the grocery shopping experience even more pleasant.”...it's an experience alright...shopping for anything in Cayman is a near scandalous experience

    how in the world BTW did the Kirks not grab this as part of selling Royal Palms? fair play to Woody.....

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  4. Anonymous says:

    So the co-owner of the island's largest food wholesaler is opening up a new retail outlet on the island's largest developer's property, great news for the oligarchs....for the public not so much (unless you are one of Dart's sheeple, i.e. 27/9/2017 @ 8:56am).

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  5. Price Tag says:

    Wow I can barely shop at fosters now at Camana Bay I wonder will there prices reflect the true genuine price of their products or will it be inflated to cover the additional costs? If it will be just as expensive or more, I will not be shopping there, convenient or not. I stop shopping at the new Kirk Market for the same reason.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Dart is leasing the building so I would expect prices to reflect the rent.

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    • anon says:

      Become a farmer then. Always complaining.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    The yummy mummies are going to love it

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    • Anonymous says:

      So will the population of Expatistan. It will be where the beautiful, chosen people will shop (or rather where they will get their nannies and helpers to shop for them) .

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      • Anonymous says:

        Why does everyone assume expats are all rich? I am one, and am broke as joke. Living the poorest I ever have. I am excited for this. Less people at the Strand, less people snatching up my day old donuts.

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        • Anonymous says:

          If you are broke, you are highly unlikely to be a resident of Expatistan, that magical enclave full of the wondrous, righteous people, the leaders, the movers, the shakers, the pinnacle of Cayman culture and society, the community that taste forgot. (i.e. Crystal Harbour).

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    • Anonymous says:

      Even better Saturday shopping perving soon come

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Kirk Market is the leader in fresh produce, local produce, meat and specialty items. DARTsters will need to come good to beat them!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Kirk's meat is awful and don't get me started on their previously frozen bananas.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Kirkbot alert

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  8. Anonymous says:

    How dare DART plan to set up a state of the art foodstore. Evil, pure evil.

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