Word of assurance for North business community

Entrance to Damodar in Labasa. Picture SUPPLIED

THE Damodar Group has assured enterprise owners in the North that the opening of the Damodar City Labasa would not have a negative impact on their businesses.

During a recent consultation with the business community at the Labasa Town Council chambers, Damodar Group’s manager projects and development and leasing officer Cornelia Smith said business would boom with increased activities brought about by the complex.

She also told the business community that they could open for longer hours, even beyond 9pm, increasing opportunities for them.

“We look at the market and what’s available so our main aim is to provide something for everybody in the North from child to adults,” Ms Smith said.

“Currently, after 6pm, there is nothing to do so we hope to improve the shopping experience and family entertainment centre and bring this to Labasa.

“When we design our centres, the first three centres are family entertainment, retail and supermarket.

“Labasa is a completely new market for us so we saw an opportunity to also offer something for locals in the micro, small and medium enterprise.”

In a press statement released last week Damodar Group CEO Div Damodar said many tenants that would join the city complex were new to Labasa.

“This is exciting and reassuring that not only are we confident in the North, but so are Viti Levu business houses,” he said.

“Construction of the centre is underway with the supermarket wing which is expected to be completed by the first quarter 2020. This wing will consist of Fiji’s largest supermarket, 19 shop spaces and four restaurant spaces.

“A number of other popular retail brands will open their first Vanua Levu stores in this wing and further updates will be provided in due course.

“The construction of the cinema wing is expected to commence in the last quarter of 2019. This wing will consist of cinema, food court and more retail and department stores.

“Another major attraction for the centre is that it will have the largest open car park space in Vanua Levu with close to 300 spaces.”

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