Massy Stores Super Centre JB Sargeant Village Outlet to Close

Massy Stores

Let us welcome a new blog Barbados Aboveground. Not sure what to make of the name but it is good to see others blogging!

Did Barbados’ poor economic performance over the last few years play a significant role in Massy’s decision to close […]Super Centre JB’s, now known as Massy Stores?

Or was it purely, as Barbados Today reports (Sep 29 edition), a matter of  too many outlets in close proximity to each other? Either way, 100 employees may soon find themselves out of work when the Sargeant’s Village outlet closes its doors after 20+ years of operation.

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69 Comments on “Massy Stores Super Centre JB Sargeant Village Outlet to Close”

  1. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 5:53 AM #

    It is with some concern that one reflects on the closing of the acclaimed JB’s Mastermart and we can wonder whether its purely and primarily a callous economic move by the now all powerful Massy Group.

    Are they shoring-up their BS&T takeover investment by cutting expenses of this high fixed costs plant rather than continue with likely shrinking profits due to competitive pressures?

    Although there may be more food operations in competition in the wide surrounding catchment areas there are also more people using those outlets so its hard to fathom that after so many years as a seemingly very successful business in the face of the competition that they have lost their mojo.

    I can only envision and hope that the energy and the mojo of people like Hall at Popular and Bynoe of Proper Pork branding in his A1 Stores continue to develop their operations in the face of these closures and depressing business actions.

    The Queen will cede power some day after her historic period. After a few words (or many) of respectful praise there will be loud acclaim for a new King.

    Similarly we give due respect to what was Simpsons then JBs Mastermart. But sing loudly the rise of new Kings and acclaim long may they reign.

    And of course we look on keenly to see what Massy does on that real estate.


  2. David October 1, 2015 at 6:09 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Are you entering into the realm of emotionalism and nationalism? Say it is not true. Ask yourself if Trinidad will allow Republic Bank to be owned by Barbados.

    As what defined a Bajan and Barbados.



  3. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 7:36 AM #

    Alas David, as I said back then I am a very patriotic Bajan. I fully accept the core of the patriotic economic discourse. Where we differ is how best to practically move to solutions.

    We have to integrate with our bigger cousins in T&T and Jamaica…there is no over practical solution David.

    I saw first hand just how small we were in the scheme of things when I attended regional business conferences; it became beyond pathetic when the group included world wide business partners.

    Now that is nothing new of course but I repeat it to note that as patriotic as I am it was still clear that unless our operations (in that business setting) were part of a wider Caribbean net that we were absolutely inconsequential.

    So yea of course T&T would not sell their financial institution Republic Bank. But to say A requires B and C too.

    Republic Bank today is a composition of old local T&T development bank, old colonial vestiges and other regional operations. It’s a viable and visible changing of the guard and the requirements of the times.

    One can argue, why couldn’t Barbados still have a BNB as a major player in regional banking. Well, I offer that if the powers that be had the financial backing then maybe the small fish could have contemplated eating the bigger banking fish in T&T .

    But why would the financial player with a pop base of 1.2 million and also operations in Grenada and other island banks allow us with only a 1/4 million pop base to usurp its power!

    Unless our Bajan operations have some absolute competitive advantages (whatever they may be) we are going to be upended in most matters where economies of scale and the dynamics of size are important.

    And because of the proliferation of sites like Alibaba where commodity imports can be handled by small, nimble players at quite manageable costs the bigger companies in that space are going to close or be acquired. (Ipso facto, it was amusing to read the Min say that more Bajans need to be entrepreneurs… more of one means closures or less of the others, NO net increase).

    I may not like it either David but any idiot (me included) who sat through business school can see how these pimples and age are changing the face of our country. Try as we might as the years progress our features change inexorably.

    We can’t regain our youth David. We just can’t. So I don’t see the point of singing the song of what Fields did or what Banfield did or before him Barrow’s close ally the other BS&T chairman did.

    It’s all valid and good commentary but the face of the nation and world still changes…new solutions needed not just talk of patriotism.


  4. David October 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Your problem is that you believe to engage in functional cooperation one has to sell your navel string. By the way, Republic Bank has its makings from Barclays Bank.


  5. Hants October 1, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    De ingrunt word wrote “We have to integrate with our bigger cousins in T&T and Jamaica”

    Your bigger cousins do not want to integrate. They want to control your best assets.

    Barbados needs to find solutions for progress without selling out and giving up control.


  6. Bush Tea October 1, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    Dee Ingrunt Word is just a slightly more intelligent version of Dompey.

    Unfortunately for Barbados, there are many others just like him …not the least of whom is Owing After, who pioneered that nonsense about ‘integrating with cousins’ otherwise called CSME.
    That has been the most stupid insult to have been perpetrated on Barbados above CLICO and now CAHILL (notice that they are All Cees …as in ‘ACs’)

    It has ALWAYS been obvious to Bushie (and to those of us blessed with a little common sense) that if you allow outsiders to control your assets they will impose THEIR priorities over YOUR priorities and will use YOUR assets to promote THEIR siblings rather than YOUR siblings.

    This is why MASSY will close manufacturing plants in Barbados and import Trickidadian shiite. It is why they will close JBs…and probably reduce staff in Warrens too…
    This is why Republic bank will lend Bajans for consumption, but not for production…

    This is why EMERA will strip BL&P bare and take the profits to Canada – then when a storm comes, we will scrunt and beg help, while they already have made a killing.

    Only a full brass bowl jackass could think that it makes sense to sell their home to Bushie so they can drive BMWs …and then hope that the bushman will charge a cheap rent and make your life as comfortable as possible…
    ….and only a $%&^@# would WILLINGLY put themselves into such a position.

    Shiite man…. in the past people only found themselves is such positions after losing wars or after devastating natural disasters….

    Wunna aint seen nothing yet…. wait until the low price of oil REALLY impacts on our owners and see WHO will feel the pinch….



  7. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

    @David, I realize that my writings can be too prolix (thanks Jeff, again) and therefore you gloss over what I am saying rather than masticate, savour and digest properly or as you would say discern properly.

    So let me clarify. When I said: “Republic Bank today is a composition of old local T&T development bank, old colonial vestiges and other regional operations” a discerning reader would have recognized “old colonial vestiges” as the Barclays connection!

    I absolutely do not believe nor am I advocating that ” to engage in functional cooperation one has to sell your navel string”.

    Again your discernment is unfortunately shrouded in your view point which does not allow rational alternative views.

    I am saying clearly that we are a small nation which does not have the economic mass to continue as a powerful economic force based on the changing face of business affairs. That means that integration and alliances HAVE to be completed.

    Here is a tangential (and amusing) story of national pride and how economics can trump nationalism.

    It was reported that the US track and field national team at the recent World Championship REFUSED to drink any Gatorade. A product of course designed, distilled and made by the US. A national product for sure.

    Why the refusal. Because that set drinks in the athletes’ village had Usain Bolt’s image emblazoned on them.

    Oh lawd. So when Bolt with his power race dashed Gatlin’s hopes of closing out the season with another victory in the 100m race . The Americans definitely were pissed and cussed the Jamaicans as hooligans and all sorts of crap.

    Of course this has nothing to do with the moot above but just saying that market dynamics (Bolt brand power ) will often trump simple nationalism (US Gatorade product) and will definitely engender strong patriotic reactions when that happens (US team).

    Patriotism and market forces. Often a futile debate.


  8. David October 1, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    @Dee Word

    The link below is useful to settle the exchanges about Republic Bank.

    A prerequisite to engaging in functional cooperation is to ensure home drum interest is balanced with capitalist considerations. It all starts and ends with knowing defending the Bajan DNA.


  9. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    Bushie, I am confused and discombobulated.

    You are sitting in the lovely land of Barbados where according to you a bunch of JAs are running the country into the ground.

    Where again according to you a bunch or stupid and greedy white people are running roughshod over the future of the land by selling out our meaningful, production and retail entities.

    Also according to you, you have sat in meetings of credit union members with other BU denizens like Caswell Franklyn and whiffed at the opportunity to open and operate a manufacturing/production facility on island.

    I therefore also have to assume that you also sat at other meetings which would have discussed but also whiffed on going to the local stock market to buy shares in key publicly traded local manufacturing operations. Purchases which ideally would have placed the CU in a position to move towards significant ownership.

    Most of this according to you.

    Yet, now you have the unmitigated gall to make these pronouncements here daily preaching about how vapid, callous and shortsighted our corporate chieftains are.

    But you know what I completely agree with that its a likely scenario that “…MASSY will close manufacturing plants in Barbados and import Trickidadian shiite. It is why they will close JBs…and probably reduce staff in Warrens too…”.

    Just highly amused that when you and others were in a position to act to avert this even being a discussion point you ‘WHIFFED’ but now you are a preacher of wisdom.

    Remember now, the remarks of CU meetings is according to YOU. I never attended any.

    Preach on dear Bush Tea.


  10. Hants October 1, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    I had a wtf moment when the form for paying Barbados Property Tax show the option to pay via wire transfer to a Republic Bank Account and the correspondent Bank in Canada is Toronto Dominion Bank.

    It was a reminder that Barbados sold its National Bank to Trinis who are in bed with Canadians.

    Maybe it is a good time for a Credit Union Bank of Barbados and the BRA and other Government departments could use it as their preferred Bank.

    There has to be a way back from the foreignization of Barbados.


  11. David October 1, 2015 at 10:26 AM #


    All it means is that Republic Bank does not have a branch in Canada and must rely on others.


  12. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    David, there is no disagreement re Republic Bank. We are in complete agreement that it is an offspring with a Barclays Bank or as I labelled it colonial vestige as an ancestor.

    So good sir those who know would understand what it means when I say: “Republic Bank today is a composition of old local T&T development bank, old colonial vestiges and other regional operations”.

    It’s very clear on its own. But anyone who wants to dig deeper can look it up for clarification. The wiki is there to fill in any blanks.

    We were on the same page from the start.

    Remember, Barclays is a BRITISH bank and the British were our colonial masters. LOLL.

    It’s always good to joust with you. But enough of that.


  13. Hants October 1, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    De Ingrunt Word wrote ” I realize that my writings can be too prolix “.

    Young fella you mean pro licks. lol


  14. David October 1, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

    @Dee Word

    The bottomline is that the colonial vestiges is correct NOT local and regional banks.


  15. Hants October 1, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

    Yes David but Republic Bank is still foreign owned, like too many assets that should be Barbadian owned and operated.


  16. David October 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM #


    The discussion will always rage why should the Trinidadians be prevented from entering our market and we have accommodated the Canadians, British and others.


  17. de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM #

    Eh..”NOT local and regional banks”. Sorry David but I gotta jab you again. Like real estate its discernment, discernment, discernment.

    The wiki noted pellucidly: “1963 Barclays Bank acquired Bank of Trinidad, established in 1959.” And you would have noted the ownership states in GCB, ACB and other regionals.

    Thus the remark re ” old local T&T development bank….and other regional operations” is as right as rain!

    I’ll tell you this. The wiki is a nice source but I learned these connections several years ago when working in the industry.

    So take a bow and say amen…and we’ll put this to rest.

    Let’s agree that you are right and I am righter! LOLL.


  18. David October 1, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

    The subtle point Dee Word is that Republic Bank acquired Barclays…lol.


  19. SuckaBubby October 1, 2015 at 12:14 PM #

    Only one business I know of in Barbados can have so many branches and continue to thrive.Which occurs for obvious reasons and not for any great business acumen in my opinion.Withstanding people getting laid off , I understand why Massey would close this place and probably thought why keep cumbersome assets which do not generate any significant profits over the cost of being more diversified.We always fall into the same old trap that somebody from the outside has to come to Barbados with a fist-full of dollars to teach us what we should already know by our Bsc, Phds and MBAs.We still have this belief that business in Barbados must be an oligopoly terrorizing the pockets of consumers.This is a hard lesson.We have to diversify by stopping blind loyalty.


  20. Hants October 1, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    @David wrote “and we have accommodated the Canadians, British and others.”

    That was when we needed outside help to accelerate the growth of Barbados as a Capitalist country.

    There was nothing to stop Bajans to secure their brand as part of our progress.

    It is not too late to “buy back” what we “mash up”


  21. VLH October 1, 2015 at 1:25 PM #

    David October 1, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    It all starts and ends with knowing defending the Bajan DNA.

    Why and how does a difference exist between the peoples of Bim and the other Caribbean territories?

    I always heard we came on the same ships,also bajans have settled,worked and had children all over the region.

    We are one,as the old saying goes you can pick your friends but not your family and they are our family whether we like it or not.


  22. Colonel Buggy October 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

    Today we hear the new Prime Minister of T&T,Keith Rowley, lamenting over the dwindling reserves of natural gas in the Twin Island republic,quoting the latest Ryder Scott Report as stating that the country’s natural gas will dry up in 12 years time.
    And Previous T&T administrations, who must have been well aware of this , were quite willing to sell the Barbados Government and the Barbados Light and Power a multi million dollar pipe line that would have been useless by the time it was completed.


  23. David October 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    Good observation, it confirms the lengths politicians are willing to go to gain sustain popularity.


  24. macmalone October 1, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

    I was reliably informed that the Sheraton branch is due for closure next


  25. Bush Tea October 1, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy
    No one in their right mind EVER really thought that that pipeline from T&T mad sense.
    Shiite man… we could not even conclude a flying fish agreement ..but were talking shiite about a multi-million dollar natural gas arrangement?

    Remember who was involved in these discussions….. ???
    NOTHING that was associated with ‘multiple millions’ is EVER off the table there skippa… no matter HOW ridiculous…

    …you know how much 5% consultancy fees of ‘multiple millions’ is…?

    @ macmalone
    Bushie would not be surprised if they closed all the branches and made us buy all our foodstuff online from HI-LO.
    Soon, so few Bajans will be working that there will be no damn need for supermarkets anyway…


  26. Pat October 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM #


    It is not too late to “buy back” what we “mash up”.

    Funny that, there is no money to pay pensions and salaries. The two head honchos are running around the globe ‘begging’ nationals to invest in Bim to get some moolah to keep the guvment going. What “buy back” what? Wuh dem gine use fuh money…..buttons or marbles?


  27. Hants October 1, 2015 at 3:18 PM #


    I have not reached that level of pessimism yet.


  28. Due Diligence October 1, 2015 at 4:23 PM #

    @Bush Tea October 1, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

    Bushie would not be surprised if they closed all the branches and made us buy all our foodstuff online from HI-LO.

    Oh well – there’s always Cost-U-Less


  29. islandgal October 2, 2015 at 5:22 AM #

    So wunna gine talk bout Massy do this Massy do that, what the rass wunna gine do? Yak yak and keep looking over wunna fences at what the neighbours doing next door. IF people like BUSHTEA the one with the flapping gums, would stop and THINK for one minute that this is an opportunity for a group of Bajans to invest in a similar operation to JB’s on that same piece of real estate then wunna is just a bunch of wind bags.

    Shaking my head sadly on how much SHITE Bajans talk and no ACTION AT ALL. Wunna want dis wunna want dat given to wunna pon a platter with no cost attached. Wunna want wunna money to grow in a Bank but refuse to take chances in investing in the local market. When the Bds Dollar is devalued wunna gine see what you thought you had has disappeared overnight.

    Slavery was officially abolished in 1830 BUT nuff of wunna prefer to be slaves than masters of your own destiny.


  30. islandgal October 2, 2015 at 5:40 AM #

    de Ingrunt Word October 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    “Bushie, I am confused and discombobulated.

    You are sitting in the lovely land of Barbados where according to you a bunch of JAs are running the country into the ground.” ….. “Just highly amused that when you and others were in a position to act to avert this even being a discussion point you ‘WHIFFED’ but now you are a preacher of wisdom.”

    Well said DIW. Now Bushtea doesn’t like criticism AT ALL he can give it BUT can’t take it when someone says his views are flawed sometimes.

    Bushtea you have to listen and keep those gums from flapping! Yuh BRASS BOWL!


  31. ac October 2, 2015 at 6:23 AM #

    i bet Bush Shite got all his money hidden in the Credit UNion which could be in the millions to collect the few pennies in interest but not one red cents invested in a small man business enterprise then he has the mitigated gall to abuse ! cuss! and castigated business owners who put there blood sweat and tears into building a business and then makes a decision to sell their enterprises to whom ever they please.


  32. David October 2, 2015 at 6:28 AM #

    When we question Barbadians unwillingness to invest and demonstrate a lack of entrepreneurship it is bigger than shouting ‘INVEST’. Barbadians are described as risk averse which has its root in how we have been socialized through generations. Getting Barbadians to se themselves as self employed person demands a culture/mindset change. We have to unpack years of attitudes, behaviours and shift mindset. To say Bajans should invest and ignore the underlying issues preventing such is to trivialize the issue.


  33. David October 2, 2015 at 6:43 AM #

    There is a project in the schools to encourage the mindset change mentioned by giving children $10/20 as an investment and professionals working with them to grow the investment. These are the kinds of little initiatives we need to throw our support behind to win the shape young minds from the early stage.


  34. islandgal October 2, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

    David that what the Junior Achievement program has been doing for the last 15 years. David changing the mindset that when you leave school you have to find a job and not create a job for yourself is very difficult for many.


  35. islandgal October 2, 2015 at 6:52 AM #

    Instead of giving the children $10 or $20.00 why not make them earn it first? Let them was cars, cut lawns, weed gardens to get their initial investment. We are still encouraging the mindset that someone owes us.


  36. David October 2, 2015 at 6:54 AM #


    The JA and a couple others. The project needs to be expanded. We need to work on the young minds. We have a generation who have been encouraged to save by government by giving tax breaks etc. We are risk averse as a people. Investing in companies given the poorakey governance by regulatory bodies does not encourage confidence either. We have to work to change attitudes in the majority population where the status/class issues serve as a drag to the mindset change.


  37. David October 2, 2015 at 6:56 AM #


    That is one option but as a people we have to learn how to manage relationships with equity players, the attitude to repaying debt etc. It is part and parcel of the business landscape.


  38. Nostradamus October 2, 2015 at 7:34 AM #

    Yes David, “Let us welcome a new blog Barbados Aboveground”. They seem to have a fixation on COW/Bizzy, with two of their four posts focusing on them.

    In both those posts they also seem to have a fixation on WTE asking “What about alternatives like Waste-To-Energy plants?” and “Should we continue to dig huge holes in a small island when a WTE, or similar type plant, could possible reduce/eliminate the need for additional land-fills?”


  39. Bush Tea October 2, 2015 at 7:43 AM #

    @ David
    This issue is too big to be grasped by the likes of AC and Islandgal. It is thinking like theirs that allows the situation to persists… throwing water in the sea…

    One does not solve a problem of being continually raped and abused, by ‘picking one’s self up’ and making the best of the situation.
    The solution is to deal with the rapists and abusers, institute a level playing field where the LAW of the land in observed and respected ….AND THEN set about making the most of life.

    Islandgal should really just go and learn to cook properly …and AC should just work on her spelling… and leave these complex matters to more intelligent people.

    …and stop speculating about what Bushie does or do not do…. it is stupid – leave that for Dee ingrunt word.
    Bushie CAN NOT POSSIBLY have any financial challenges – with the kind of BBE connections that the bushman has LOL… and for all wunna know, Bushie could be one of the biggest businessmen in the island… or he could be Ninja Man brother…

    …point is, …THE WHACKER WUKKING…. 🙂


  40. ac October 2, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    There was a time when uneducated bajans had a vested interest in entrepreneurship capitalist to a Tee owning small shops in the village .This mindset was taken away and replaced with a reliance in having govt to do it all.
    This idea that Barbadians are not investors is misleading one should question the causes and those who had an influence in turning the wheel
    Things could have been different today if the path set out by the older generation one of building a Barbados from its native soil was not severed and replaced with a dependency on outsiders.
    One can blame the weakness of a political will by those who controlled the reigns of govt and not the people.
    For surely their is sufficient proof that a generation before cut out and crave a pathway of entrepreneurship for others to follow


  41. ac October 2, 2015 at 8:19 AM #

    Oh well there goes professor Brass bowl as usual with his stupid insults. Bro u are the most out spoken critic having no solutions


  42. CH CH Resident October 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

    Popular Discounts supermarket is set to step into the space vacated by JB’s in that section of Christ Church. Popular’s prices makes it a popular choice for shoppers from across the island. With JB’s closure the coming on stream of Popular is a happy coincidence. The residents of the south east and central Barbados are keen to sample what Popular has on offer. Its hoped the jobs Popular creates are earmarked for the people in the vicinity.


  43. SuckaBubby October 2, 2015 at 9:40 AM #

    CH CH Resident October 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

    If that is true then we have truly learnt nothing and will continue to stagnate in spit-balls, air-cakes and wind-pipes.The opportunity there is to diversify.Opening another supermarket however sweet the prices are will just compound the problem which allow outsiders who have a fist-full of dollars just waiting for it to fail and swoop down on the carcass.This is the opportunity to be creative and to be diverse.

    Like the example of Junior Achievement the others have been talking about.This is the perfect opportunity for Junior Achievement in conjunction with the Small Business Association to open a business center housing businesses the schools are trying to create with emphasis on manufacturing and in the long term to export.

    Another supermarket my ass!


  44. Bush Tea October 2, 2015 at 9:55 AM #

    But SuckaBubby….
    There IS an opportunity for a well presented LOCAL supermarket in that location to compete with the Trickidadian businesses. Just as Bynoe has risen to the challenge in Black Rock and Six Roads there are opportunities for other HIGH QUALITY operations to succeed.
    The problem continues to be Bajan’s foolish attitude of choosing to support their own LAST…
    Same shiite with Banking.

    The joker Credit Union leaders have been talking about a Bank now for YEARS. All they have done so far is pay ‘commissions’ to big-name do-nothings….

    Bushie’s position is simple…
    If foreigners with money want to buy banks … Let us CREATE BANKS …and sell them too…
    If foreigners want to buy supermarkets … let us create supermarkets..
    and if they want to but electric companies… we can always create more for them to buy…

    The CRITICAL issue is our ability to CREATE these things continuously …and for Bajans to support THEIR OWN when the crunch comes…

    Who the hell ever said there can only be X supermarkets … or even electric companies…?


  45. SuckaBubby October 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Bush Tea October 2, 2015 at 9:55 AM #

    I agree with what you are saying in principle but I think we should forge ahead with a manufacturing philosophy when the opportunity presents itself.We are stuck in the mindset high quality equates to sourced outside.I will concede the location might not be ideal for what I have in mind , but I am thinking its a familiar area for commerce with adequate parking and competing Sheraton close-by, use it to do something new.


  46. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    Less expenses+minimal customer loss = >$

    Massa has come to the realization that we Bajans does talk a lot and take a lot. They know that the majority of those shopping at Massy Stores|Supermaket in Sargeant’s Village will now drive to another Massy Stores|Supermarket location.

    What is a supermarket without customers?


  47. David October 2, 2015 at 11:13 AM #

    Remind BU who controls the distribution of food in Barbados?


  48. Bush Tea October 2, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    @ SuckaBubby
    I think we should forge ahead with a manufacturing philosophy
    That would be an ideal objective, however there is a Bajan REALITY you must confront – where any idea of ‘manufacturing’ suffers from a ridiculous mindset bout here…

    .. from authorities taking YEARS to approve the simplest of formalities…
    .. banks actively looking to run you into a debt trap…for one of their friends to buy cheap..
    .. to public servants seeming to relish finding stumbling blocks…
    .. to politicians thinking that it is a money tree – and bribe source.
    .. to employees only looking for ways to rob /undercut / short-change you…
    .. then there is the unrealistic value of the dollar and the comical wages /salaries bill
    .. and finally Bajans refusing to support local enterprise…

    ‘manufacturing’ (and most other creative enterprises) is a bridge too far for the current lot of brass bowls bout Barbados at present…

    We could probably get away with creating Banks, supermarkets, Insurance Companies and holding companies to sell to greedy and gullible rich people….LOL .. and hopefully not to bankrupt and broke scammers like Clare….

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  49. SuckaBubby October 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

    Bush Tea October 2, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    I concede all you said here is correct and find no fault in your analysis.I bow to you sir and will hastily sharpen my cane bill and head to the caneground.That’s where we are headed, back to the fields.We are really and truly f***d.


  50. Colonel Buggy October 2, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    But Bajans are buying back the national silver that has been sold to Trinidad. We continue to support Republic Bank,instead of withdrawing our millions in deposits and placing it in the credit unions. We continue to buy up Massey credit cards, and support the Massey stores and superstores to the hilt. When the old JB’s Super Centre is closed and many Bajans laid off, Bajans will still eagerly support the proposed Super Store at Kendall Hill, when and if its gets off the ground. Bajans still continue to support Massey Insurance as well as the Insurance Corporation of Barbados.
    Long before Bajans adopted the national Motto of ” Pride and Industry” in 1966,we had a long standing one , which to this day overshadows,” Pride and Industry”,and still rings out. ” My pot don’t put on at you.”

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  51. pieceuhderockyeahright October 2, 2015 at 3:52 PM #

    @ David [The Blogmaster]

    There was a time when Neville Rowe gave ALL of the merchants a veritable run for their money when he imported and sold food at a price that was reasonable.

    Then the vagabonds got together and went down to the Comptroller of Customs and fabricated lies to say that “Neville Rowe was reinvoicing” and the Comptroller of Customs, even in the face of incontrovertible evidence from JPs overseas, de ole man forget what they are called, ohhh notaries, UNILATERALLY assigned values to the imported and levied taxes that drove Rowe out of the business of giving real real prices to Bajans.

    This is ironically in the face of the fact that said merchants like Goddards, Mannings and Cave Shepherd have warehouses in Miami and across the globe where said reinvoicing is done daily but our “niggers with the keys” called Customs Comptrollers dont give one PHVCK bout Colonel Buggy’s “Pride and Industry” which manifests itself in making foodstuff affordable to black shytes like me and you, BUT willingly destroy any black business that the White Massa has earmarked to die!!

    Wunna see how much tom fvckery one year of celebrations of 50 years of Independence is?



  52. Hants October 2, 2015 at 4:54 PM #

    @ pieceuhderockyeahright,

    It will take a catastrophic event to change Barbados and Bajans.

    The Capitalist business owners will continue to exploit the opportunities provided by captive consumers.


  53. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM #

    @<a href=”

    They might still control the old brands that we Bajans love so much, but unless the new players are backed by the old ones, I would say there is no one group controlling food importation and distribution.

    Now if you are trying to say that a certain class have us by the short and curlies, then you will get no argument from me.


  54. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 6:03 PM #


    They might still control the old brands that we Bajans love so much, but unless the new players are backed by the old ones, I would say there is no one group controlling food importation and distribution.

    Now if you are trying to say that a certain class have us by the short and curlies, then you will get no argument from me.


  55. David October 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

    @Raw Bake

    The brands the Barbados middleclass are weans on, even working class, controlled by who?


  56. Dompey October 2, 2015 at 6:34 PM #

    There is something to be said for local Bajan product sitting in the international section, in the American grocery store.

    I don’t find them very eye appealing, and I know that the native here in America don’t so much as to glance at them, but perhaps, I have accustome myself to the international product that the local Bajan product here doesn’t tickle my fancy anymore?

    Take for example the local Bajan biscuit which I purchase every time I avail myself the opportunity to go to the grocery store here, and over the years my coworkers saw my eating these buscuits, but showed no further interest in wanting to acquire the taste, but would perfer to eat the Jamaican biscuits with look, tast and smell worse than the Bajan biscuits.


  57. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 7:17 PM #

    David, there is choice now. If people prefer the brands sold by Massy it is not Massa’s fault. There is no differece between the brand name items sold there and the the no name brands sold at other places. Check the labels: Made in China,Thailand. Product Of Canada, U.S.A, Turkey, Brazil, Jamaica or Trinidad.

    They control the sheeple’s thinking not the sector. Dominating and controlling is not the same thing. Yes?


  58. David October 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM #

    @Raw Bake

    There, you have identified the challenge.


  59. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

    David, what challenge what?

    Next year we shall thump our chests, pat our backs and celebrate 50 years of Independence. This has long gone passed being a challenge.


  60. David October 2, 2015 at 7:55 PM #

    Ayee, that the people are entitled to do!


  61. Raw Bake October 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM #

    Indeed, but why then boast that we are a highly educated people punching above our weight?


  62. David October 3, 2015 at 4:35 AM #

    @Raw Bake

    That was in the past when the good times were rolling. The branding is good to stoke false pride and security, then reality sets in.


  63. Bush Tea October 3, 2015 at 6:49 AM #

    @ Raw Bake
    When Kofi said that, he REALLY meant to say something like – “why wunna don’t keep wunna little asses quiet nuh! …and try and sort out wunna own little shiite business?

    ….but we were so vain, that we really thought it was a compliment…and that the song was about us..
    Just like AC thinks that her ‘hignorance having no bounds’ is a compliment.. lol ha ha

    what the hell is a raw bake?
    if um bake – um can’t be raw too… 🙂


  64. Raw Bake October 3, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    Once upon a time most Bajans knew what a bake was, so they would immediately know about raw bakes. Those were the good old days, long before the good times that David mentions above. When the oil is too hot, the outside of the bake is golden brown long before the inside is cooked. People not skilled in bake making would assume that because it is golden brown, it is done. Biting into such a delectable looking piece of Bajan delicacy demonstrates the folly of such thinking. 🙂

    Yuh mean to say that even Kofi knew that we are only poorgreat.

    I hear you. The thing is, our present leader(s) and those identified as future leader(s) seem unaware of this morass. The present education system is here to stay so how do we start over?
    Republic? Do we dare, could we?


  65. Bush Tea October 3, 2015 at 1:23 PM #

    Thanks Raw Bake
    Bushie will try to stop trying to judge a bake by its cover…. lol


  66. de Ingrunt Word October 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

    oh goodness @Raw Bake that’s an excellent exposition of cooking palaver.

    Even an apprentice cook understood immediately after their first event that too much heat can produce oil that is too hot which results in uncooked inner dough if not properly handled.

    The honest, impassioned among them once so embarrassed would endeavour never to produce another “raw bake”.

    But 50 years on yet we have seasoned chefs who definitely have not made that commitment.

    The leaders (seasoned cooks most of them) know when a bake is authenticate and well made. They simply have become so dishonest that raw bakes are their staple now. So we have these Cahill type raw bakes over and over!

    The challenge is not the school system nor intelligence; it’s lack of integrity.


  67. Hants October 3, 2015 at 3:41 PM #

    @ Raw Bake is that your nick name? back in the day after that explanation you would have been

    Thanks Bushie for triggering my memory. I here listening to Carly Simon on youtube.


  68. Hants October 3, 2015 at 3:43 PM #

    Any of you make bakes recently or wunna too hi falutin fuh dat?


  69. Colonel Buggy October 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM #

    @Hants, The Doughnut van does a roaring trade in the villages selling fancy bakes.

    On another subject. Have you noticed how the media in Barbados have no qualms in publishing close up photos of Prison Officers,and Police Officers,both uniformed and plain -clothed, on those occasions when they are accompanying accused persons to court, but protect the gentry of the land ,as in the recent case where an employee of a chicken farm was killed. We were informed that the chicken farm is owned by a “well known businessman.” These are the same media persons who approaches grieving relatives,and proceed to juck a mike or camera in their faces.

    Dah is we culture.


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