JAM | Jun 16, 2023

76RHR Business Centre a jewel for Lee Family after 60 years

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Minister of Investment and Commerce, Senator Aubyn Hill (second left), and Member of Parliament for St Andrew North Central, Karl Samuda (right), celebrate as matriarch of the Lee Family, Icyline Lee (third left) cuts the ribbon to officially open the 76 RHR Business Centre in Kingston on May 31, 2023. Also sharing the moment are (from left) Claude Duncan, country manager at Sutherland Global, and directors of the Lee’s Group – Patrick Lee, Ronald Chai, Sharon Lee-Hendrickson, and Sarah Chai. (Photo: Contributed)

A project three years in the making, the 76RHR Business Centre officially opened its doors to the
public during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 31.

The business centre is the newest brainchild of the Lee Family, owners and operators behind the
decades-old Lee’s Food Fair, Lee’s Family Pharmacy and Lee’s Boulevard Super Centre.

The 76 Red Hills Road property spans 3.4 acres and 124,828 sq. ft on land that was initially purchased by the family in 1997.

At the time, the family’s matriarch, Icyline Lee and her late husband, Richard, purchased with dreams of seeing a completed structure, however, were not quite sure of what this structure would be.

After years of debating, a final decision was made in 2020 to construct a business centre, and the ground broke in June of that year.

Speaking during the official opening ceremony, Sharon Lee-Hendrickson, director of the Lee’s Group, shared that her family has served Jamaica for over 60 years and wanted to continue making investments in the country. As such, the family’s vision for the land was to continue to “serve the (Red Hills Road) community” by providing “a one-stop shop for all your needs”.

Sharon Lee-Hendrickson, director of the Lee’s Group, the company vision during the May 31, 2023 opening ceremony of the 76RHR Business Centre in St Andrew. (Photo: Contributed)

Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Member of Parliament for St Andrew North
Central, Karl Samuda, and Industry and Investment Minister Aubyn Hill.

In his remarks on the centre’s opening, MP Samuda applauded the Lee Family for their continued investments in the Red Hills Road community.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew North Central, Karl Samuda, offers commendations to the Lee Family on their commitment to the Red Hills Road community at the official opening ceremony of the 76RHR Business Centre. (Photo: Contributed)

He shared “This is an incredible signal to the (Red Hills) road and the communities around it, that this family who has invested so much in time (and) energy into the people of this area are displaying their continued commitment by investing again in this community and I thank you very much for that.”

Senator Hill also expressed similar sentiments, adding that “for 60 years the Lee Family has been an ingrained and vital factor within the Red Hills Road community”

“…[T]hey have played a trailblazing role in the business and social activities in this community and have been a very positive influence on the lives of citizens here and other consumers across Kingston.”

He further added: “This investment is an approved special economic zone and is an important addition to Jamaica’s economic growth efforts. The infrastructure injection of approximately 124,828 sq. ft and its BPO facilities account for 70,927 sq. ft is expected to provide 1800 Jamaicans with direct employment within the sector. 1,800 jobs represent 1,800 households that will have additional income to help many members of families, purchase food, pay utilities and meet other important financial needs.”

The minister congratulated the Lee family on this new venture and encouraged other business people
to emulate the investments made to the nation by the family, as without business growth, there
can be no economic growth.

Minister of Investment and Commerce, Senator Aubyn Hill delivers the keynote address at the official opening of the 76RHR Business Centre on May 31, 2023. (Photo: Contributed)

The vision of the Lee Family to provide a ‘one stop shop’ has given birth to the 76 RHR Business Centre, which today boasts 16 shops inclusive of a two-storey Maxie Department Store, the Hola Snacks + Stuff convenience store, Foot Prints & Packaging printing service, Prime Trust Financial Cambio and medical facilities in the form of Neo Pharmacy, Neo Vision, Neo Medical and Essential Dental.

The property also has an array of food offerings, including Little Tokyo, Starbucks, Devon House, Presto Pasta, Press RHR, Juici Patties and M10 Bar & Grill.

In addition to these shops, 76RHR location is the new home of fast-growing business process outsourcing company, Sutherland Global, which occupies 70,927 sq. ft of the property and an Evergo car charging station.

An aerial view of the newly opened 76 RHR Business Centre located at 76 Red Hills Road, Kingston 20. (Photo: Contributed)

Following its grand opening, the 76RHR Business Centre is inviting members of the public to come out to their new location to enjoy the various business establishments and amenities the property offers.


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