We live in interesting and strange, changing times. In all my 65 years of life in Antigua I have never seen one business appeal to the public not to support another business.
Let the paint people fight it out and the public will benefit.
I saw the flyer on your site and I was surprised. I await the day when I will see a business in this country asking the public to comment on their prices and customer service.
Now to the paint controversy. I remember the days when Trinidad blocked our manufactured fans, freezers and fridges and eventually closed down factories like Antigua Appliances which used to be located on Old Parham Road, opposite Hadeed Motors. And about 75 Antiguans lost their jobs.
Minister Chet Greene has been very clear on the government’s desire to support local manufacturing. Support local. Plus under Caricom and the OECS, certain industries are protected. What is wrong if we give a local paint manufacturer protection for a few years to establish themselves? It is money being spent locally in the investment and locals being employed.
Leewind Paints struggled for years. I believe they were never properly set up either financially or with the technological resources. Harris Paints has proven their mettle in Dominica and in Barbados.
I support the move to give our own factory a chance to survive and grow and at the same time keeping the money at home.
I was also surprised at the personal attacks against Pain Plus which sells Harris Paints. Unlike all the others, Paint Plus only sells paint. They sell nothing else and do not compete with the thousands of other products sold by hardware stores like North Coast Hardware.
Live and let live.
Reds’Buy Local’ Campbell
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