The National, Thursday October 31st, 2013
By MORTIMER YANGHARRY
THE residents of Gerehu Stage 3B will no longer walk long distances to shop, do their banking and top-up their Esipay with the opening of a Supa V Stoa yesterday.
The suburb of Gerehu Stage 3B is the first in the city to have a Supa V Stoa being rolled out by Super Value Store (SVS) in partnership with Bank South Pacific (BSP) and Digicel.
Proud owners Qwentan Chollai and his wife Christine were the stars of the day when representatives from SVS, BSP, Digicel and the public gathered to witness the opening of their container retail outlet.
SVS national manager of supermarkets and Cash & Carry Tony Lewis said the company believed in helping locals with business activities.
“My company’s main objective was to reduce price of basic goods and bring convenient services to communities where residents could shop right next to their doorsteps,” Lewis said.
BSP deputy general manager-retail Kili Tambua said the bank was proud to partner with SVS in providing basic banking services as it had always been the company’s commitment.
Tambua said BSP was committed to groom ordinary citizens, who had the will and determination to become successful entrepreneurs.
Tambua thanked SVS for rolling out the project as it provided opportunity for nationals in the small-to-medium enterprise sector to go into businesses.
He urged the owners to prudently manage the operation of the business as their success largely depended on their commitment, honesty and transparency.
Terence Moka from the NCD governor’s office, who stood in for Powes Parkop, said the office of the governor had plans to roll out more than 500 similar Supa V Stoas around the city.
He said Gerehu store was the first to be declared open.