As many businesses at the Tortola Pier Park put the final touches in place for the grand opening of their doors on 16 February, Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool is assuring the vendors of the Craft Alive Village that their business will not be affected by the opening of the new stores.
During a media tour of the Pier Park on 2 February, Hon. Vanterpool told the media: “Crafts Alive continues with different type of shops and different types of shopping. They are doing well right now and they will continue to do well because it’s a different type of shopping.”
“This (Pier Park) is more of a different level and type of shopping. We encourage them (visitors) to walk along either on the front side or through here to Crafts Alive to support the vendors there and also move on to Main Street,” the Minister explained.
“The vendors at Crafts Alive should not worry. At the end of the day, when we bring a million passengers a year, roughly on average 10,000 a day, everyone in the city of Road Town and its outskirts will benefit…It’s a pretty heavy number and if you prepare yourself and present your product to the shoppers you should be able to get business anywhere in the BVI. I think they are doing a good job, but they can improve as we all can,” Hon. Vanterpool added.
Since the announcement that the Pier Park was going to be built the Crafts Alive vendors have expressed concern about how their business was going to be affected.
In 2014 the vendors announced that they fear that the completed Pier Park will result in business decline at their end. However, those fears were put to rest by the former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Mr. Claude Skelton-Cline at a press conference on November 10.