PriceSmart, which operates warehouse clubs across the Caribbean and Latin America, will officially its Portmore location on April 12, its second in Jamaica.
It will make a significant investment of over US$20 million in infrastructure and will generate more than 180 direct jobs with the new store opening, the company announced in a statement on Wednesday.
PriceSmart opened its first Jamaica store 19 years ago on Red Hills Road, Kingston.
Indirect positions in maintenance, construction, services and retail opportunities for small entrepreneurs have also been generated with the opening, it said.
PriceSmart has also implemented rigorous safety protocols for employees and shoppers at the new club, located in the mixed commercial and residential area on Braeton Parkway.
“Like every PriceSmart Club, the Portmore location builds confidence among employees and members by implementing rigorous protection, hygiene, and social distancing measures,” PriceSmart said. “These measures will continue to be in effect and in accordance with the local laws of each country”.
On 20,000 square meters of land (construction area of 7,073 square meters, more than 4,200 square meters of sales floor) and under the “Green Club” concept, this building will use LED lights, solar panels, and sensor lightning for the administrative offices.
In addition, an intelligent system (IVU) will be employed to control power to lighting and air conditioning equipment and to monitor the Club’s energy consumption remotely.
With the opening of the Portmore Club, new and current members will enjoy a larger, modern shopping Club, PriceSmart said.
It went on to note that members will have access to more than 375 top-quality item categories such as groceries, fresh products, electronics, furniture, beauty, personal care products, fast-food service, and optical service, including free vision screenings.
The new PriceSmart Club offers all of its active members the opportunity to acquire merchandise online through Click & Go, a service that allows Members to shop and pay online via PriceSmart’s website.
Members can choose between picking up their order at the club or coordinating it to be delivered to their residence or office.