Saturday, June 24, 2017

SuperPharm’s Presto store opens in Arima

NEW ON MARKET: Reagan Brooker, from left, Meranda Ramoutar, Jean-Paul Agostini, Leslie Johnson, Christine Robinson, Yvonne Boodoo and Nicole Fung come together to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Presto Community Store at Arima yesterday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE


Arima
 
RETAIL chain SuperPharm yesterday opened its first Presto Community Store at the corner of Tumpuna Road and the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in Arima.
The store is located on the compound of the new NP Service Station, also officially opened yesterday.
The Presto brand is a four-year-old concept of SuperPharm.
It incorporates fresh meals to go, drinks, snacks, rotisserie chicken, a bakery and a range of convenience items.
“About four years ago the idea to find a new way to expand the SuperPharm business came up. It started with conversations at the board level. Mr Christian Moutett (SuperPharm chairman) had the idea to start it,” said Jean-Paul Agostini, SuperPharm’s business development and marketing officer.
Partnering
with bakery

“Globally there is a huge trend towards fresh- fresh food, quick and easy convenience. Around the world now a convenience store is 90 per cent fresh foods to go and the convenience side is getting a little smaller and with that trend we started the development phases,” he added.
He said SuperPharm has partnered with Linda’s Bakery to include its bakery at the Presto store.
“As we grow out the Presto business you see will a Linda’s Bakery within the concept. It fits right within the fresh concept,” Agostini said.
Eighteen people are employed at the new Presto Community Store.
As to plans for expansion of the brand, SuperPharm brand manager Candice Adams said the retail chain is eyeing a site, also in East Trinidad, for construction of a second Presto branch.