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JM | Apr 25, 2022

Crab Circle vendors get shiny, new shell

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Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie (second right) enjoys a cup of soup prepared by crab vendor Makeisha Walker (second left) following the official opening on the renovated space for crab vendors at National Heroes Circle in Kingston last Thursday (April 21). Observing from left are Director Channel and Customer Marketing, J. Wray and Nephew, Leleika-Dee Barnes and Brand Manager, J. Wray and Nephew, Sasha Warner Campbell. (Photo: JIS)

Crab vendors at National Heroes Circle in Kingston are now operating in an improved environment, following the provision of new stalls.

The location, which is popular for cooked crabs, roasted and boiled corn, roasted yam, roasted saltfish and soup, was renovated by J. Wray and Nephew, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation.

Addressing the official opening ceremony last Thursday (April 21), Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, said the newly upgraded facility is a true demonstration of public-private partnership.

“Today for me is a dream come true. We have been trying for years to get this looking in a more presentable way… and I was really more than grateful when J. Wray and Nephew engaged us,” the Jamaica Information Service reported the minister as saying.

McKenzie said the location has been a source of income for many families and has enabled the vendors to invest in their children’s education.

“Today is a tremendous day for the community of Fletchers Land and the surrounding areas and for those persons who have been here generations; university, high school, prep school; this stretch of road has provided future leaders who are now serving because of the sale of crab, corn, yam and saltfish,” he said.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie (right) examines crabs prepared by Makeisha Walker (second right) following the official opening of the renovated space for crab vendors at National Heroes Circle in Kingston on Thursday (April 21). Sharing in the moment from left are Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and Director Channel and Customer Marketing, J. Wray and Nephew, Leleika-Dee Barnes. (Photo: JIS)

He lauded J. Wray and Nephew for the undertaking, informing that the entity was now on board with the ‘Paint the City, Paint the Town’ initiative by the Government.

“Thank you on behalf of the people of West Kingston. You have done great wonders. After many years of trying, finally we have seen the benefit of hard work,” he said.

He encouraged the vendors to maintain the investment that has been made, pointing out that the upgraded space will complement the new Parliament building.

“Treat it with pride, dignity and respect. The new Parliament building is going to be constructed later this year, great activities will happen, and this will be an integral part of Heroes Circle, Crab Circle,” he said.

Senator Delroy Williams, mayor of Kingston, expressed appreciation for the new space for the vendors.

“We are deeply indebted, and our gratitude goes out to J. Wray and Nephew for this initiative,” he said.

Williams said the project aims to develop local commercial spaces across the municipality.

“We are in further discussions with J. Wray and Nephew with regards to Harbour View… . We have seen the design of the space. We have met with vendors… and we have shown them the design, and, so far, they are pretty pleased,” he said.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie (centre) cuts the ribbon symbolising the official opening on the renovated space for crab vendors at National Heroes Circle in Kingston last Thursday (April 21). Participating in the ribbon cutting exercise from left are: Brand Manager, J. Wray and Nephew, Sasha Warner Campbell; crab vendor, Racquel Walker; Director Channel and Customer Marketing, J. Wray and Nephew, Leleika-Dee Barnes; and Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams. The space was renovated by J. Wray and Nephew in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. (Photo: JIS)

He noted that another meeting will be held with the vendors prior to implementation of the project.

Leleika-Dee Barnes, director, channel and customer marketing at J. Wray and Nephew, said the renovation at Crab Circle was fitting, as the location is an integral part of the Kingston community, and by extension Jamaica.

“We are doing a series of these activities right across the island as part of the Jamaica 60th celebration, so look out, we will be doing some more locations across the island,” she said.

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