100 to go

BWU confirms pending closure of JBs Super Centre

General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union Toni Moore has confirmed that her union is currently in negotiations with the management of JBs Supermarket following a decision by management to lay off 100 workers and close the Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church outlet.

However, while confirming that the two parties were engaged in talks in keeping with the Employment Rights Act, the union boss declined to comment on the status of the discussions, saying that there was nothing to report at this stage.

Last night Barbados TODAY reported that a significant number of Barbadians could soon be on the breadline as reports surfaced that the Massy Group of companies was planning to close the JBs supermarket which has been in operation for over 25 years.

The news report had stated that as recently as last week management of the Trinidad-based conglomerate, Massy Stores Supermarkets were in talks with officials of the BWU. However, it was not clear how soon the 100 workers would be parting company with the popular outlet.

The Massy Group currently employs approximately 3 500 people across its operations in Barbados and about 10 000 across its entire group. The chain of supermarkets which are dotted across Barbados, was rebranded to Massy Stores last year.   

Meanwhile, a source familiar with the internal operations of Massy Stores contended that there were too many outlets in close proximity to each other catering to a limited market.

“There is a Massy outlet in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael. There is one at the bottom of Rendezvous Hill, Christ Church and there is another Massy outlet at Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church. In addition, soon there will be a massive Popular Discounts outlet at Kendal Hill, Christ Church which will also eat into the market share of the Massy stores. It makes economic sense to close one of its outlets,” said the source, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the company.

12 Responses to 100 to go

  1. Violeta Patricia Piggott
    Violeta Patricia Piggott September 30, 2015 at 5:40 am

    When the one in Sky Mall open up I was waiting to see if Jb’s was the one to get shut down smh

  2. Tony Webster September 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    As a regular shopper at “my” Super-Massy, since Mr. John Simpson opened it in the 70’s, sorry to hear but I had foreseen this happening, a year or more back. Friendly, helpful staff, and I wish them God’s blessings in their future endeavours. I shall miss them all.

    The union seems to have little to fuss over, as this is the flip side of the other “flowers coming to bloom”- at Haggatt Hall, and at also at Popular Discounts up the road from me.

    It is exceedingly difficult to win an argument, with arithmetic!

  3. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves September 30, 2015 at 6:48 am

    That is only the beginning. TRINIDADIANS don’t play, and they are going to destroy Barbados-it’s only a matter of time.

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte September 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Brian Porte Well let’s see if a Bajan can put in an offer seeing that everybody blaming trini. Bajans are you ready to setup or just come with another excuse as to why you cant?

  4. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers September 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    It makes economic sense to close the branch however the staff should be merged into other operations to help manage the traffic as no way in hell Massy shoppers going popular.

    • Kim Kim
      Kim Kim September 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      “As no way in hell Massy shoppers going Popular” lol funny

  5. jrsmith September 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

    why if this store is going to be missed, and was it profitable, why don’t bajans get together and acquire the business, just rename the super market.

  6. carson c cadogan September 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Tony Webster

    “It is exceedingly difficult to win an argument, with arithmetic!”

    Only when it is Govt. right Tony?

    Had this been the Govt. of Barbados, the “Trade Unions” would already be planning World War 3.

    Flow firing people in October, Cement Plant firing people in October, Massy firing people in October.

    All acceptable to Toni Moore and the Barbados workers Union.

    And Tony Webster is equating it to “Arithmetic”.

    No mention of Mortgages to be paid , children to send school, utility bills to be paid, no questions being asked about what these displaced workers will do.

    After all this is not the Govt. this is the PRIVATE SECTOR. Grin and bear!!!!

  7. carson c cadogan September 30, 2015 at 10:24 am


    Bajans prefer to stashed their money in the Banks, not buy and run supermarkets.

    That is why the Banks are awash with cash. to the tune of , the latest figures, $6 billion.

  8. lswiltshire September 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Th current corrupt and inadequate DLP guvmnt has evating screw up

    “It is INDEED exceedingly difficult to win an argument, with arithmetic!”

    Flow firing people in October, Cement Plant firing people in October, Massy firing people in October….and CADAGON FIRING HE MOUT IN SEPTEMBR as usual

    The arithmetic indicates that buisnesss will close in the economic environment that has prevailed in BIM since 2008. Ah lie?
    Ya have to live at shady pines not to be able to see dat Ah lie?

  9. Avery Bowen
    Avery Bowen September 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    i hope Popular will employ some of these vworkers


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