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Old 05-01-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hi there folks.

We are setting up a new food minimart at prestigious new marina on one of the smaller caribbean islands and would like your ideas on what we should be stocking.

For example, size, preferred type of packaging, assortment range, preferred brands,etc etc.

Your input will be very much appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:11 PM   #2
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Little dinky things that you never get in the Caribbean like zap-straps. Stuff that we take for granted and they just cannot get down there.
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Zap- Straps = CABLE TIES
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I guess I'd be interested in knowing what small island we're talking about before making suggestions. *You'd be surprised what you can find in the islands if you know where to look, or find a friendly local to help.
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I guess I'd be interested in knowing what small island we're talking about before making suggestions. You'd be surprised what you can find in the islands if you know where to look, or find a friendly local to help.
Yes, sorry. My answer to predicated on the idea that you would be on one of the more remote islands like Anguila. If not, then that sort of changes the game a bit.
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If the question is serious and the "minimart" is actually into opening something targeted at cruisers, then North American foods and supplies that do not duplicate locally available stuff is the answer to the question. As mentioned above most everything or at least very similar type stuff can be obtained on most islands if you know where to look. Veggies and fresh chicken are everywhere as is basic staples and canned goods. European foods and snacks are available on most islands from the BVI's to Grenada. So North American stuff is usually more difficult to find.

But be warned - as an owner of such a store - most of the islands charge enormous import duties on imported items, be it food or appliances. Local stores generally do not stock many varieties of what they sell as they have pay "up-front" these duties and having "dead-stock" (things that do not sell quickly) - can put them out of business.
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If the question is serious and the "minimart" is actually into opening something targeted at cruisers, then North American foods and supplies that do not duplicate locally available stuff is the answer to the question. As mentioned above most everything or at least very similar type stuff can be obtained on most islands if you know where to look. Veggies and fresh chicken are everywhere as is basic staples and canned goods. European foods and snacks are available on most islands from the BVI's to Grenada. So North American stuff is usually more difficult to find.

But be warned - as an owner of such a store - most of the islands charge enormous import duties on imported items, be it food or appliances. Local stores generally do not stock many varieties of what they sell as they have pay "up-front" these duties and having "dead-stock" (things that do not sell quickly) - can put them out of business.
Hi there. This IS a serious question and I am after your help please. We are an already established small marina with purpose built berthing facilities, onshore accommodation, restaurant/ Tiki bar, pool etc etc. We are opening a minimart food store that will primarily be used by cruisers in Grenada and therefore were hoping to get an idea of the types of food that folks may want to buy in a one stop place rather than having to catch a local bus or blag a ride into town and have to lug heavy bags. We know that cruisers are a hardy lot and dont mind travelling to the local towns, however we are trying to make things easy by stocking staples and specials that you dont have to travel for. The kind of help from the prospective consumer would be...... what brands you prefer...... do you want 3 choices of mustard and 5 choices of olive oil- or do you want the cheapest/smallest? Storage is usually a problem onboard so do you prefer your skinless chicken breasts already frozen and in small packs. Is there any point stocking tenderloin/ fillet steak and wine at $50 a bottle? PLEASE tell me whay you buy in the store. We WANT to get this right for you, our customers. Many thanks
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