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La Place Carenage $6.6 million Extension in Time for Tea-Time Jazz 2003

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Thursday, May 08, 2003 - A rather soft-opening of the newly constructed multi-million dollar extension to the duty-free shopping complex in downtown Castries - La Place Carenage on Monday, May 5th 2003 is to be eclipsed by a grand ceremony being planned for next year.

Officials of Anchorage Investment Limited, a subsidiary of the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) say the soft-opening was done to coincide with one of the major fringe activities of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Tea-Time Jazz. The popular venue located along Jeremie Street within the heart of the City had quickly grown too small and the extension fitted nicely with SLASPA’s wider vision for the re-development of the Castries Waterfront, in providing a richer and more diversified shopping experience to visitors and locals alike.

Managing Director of Anchorage Investment Limited Marcellus Phillip explained that, “the additional space which is approximately 27 thousand square feet has almost triple the size of the mall. Construction commenced in February of 2001 and the building was completed towards the end of 2003 at a cost of $6.6 million.”

The extension features 14 new retail units ranging from 300 to 2000 square feet bringing the total compliment of units in the mall to 27. The top fall of the extension will be totally dedicated to providing patrons with an interactive experience featuring the history of the island spanning geologic times right through to modern history. The extension will also feature additional restaurant space as well as a coffee and ice cream parlour, and a tourist board and heritage tours booth to be located on the ground floor.

Phillips admitted, “hat the opening was delayed primarily because of the condition of Jeremie Street directly in from of the complex, due to ongoing work in laying down a dedicated 20 inch water ain to service the north of the country.” With the road having been resurfaced last week albeit temporarily, officials decided to go ahead and open the extension to coincide with Tea Time Jazz.

The $6.6 million investment is being hailed as an engineering feat, given the nature of soil that contractors had to work with along the Waterfront and the aspect of tying the two structures together to allow them to function as one complex. Next year’s grand formal launching will take place in early January following the completion of the animation centre located on the top floor.

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