Foster’s Food Fair at the Airport Centre reopened at 7 am this morning after
being closed more than three months for repairs to damage from Hurricane
Woody Foster, Managing Director of the supermarket chain, said he was
relieved to have the largest of the three stores up and running again.
“This is perhaps the most significant opening we’ve ever had,” he said. “It
means a lot to me personally.”
Mr. Foster said everything in the store had to be replaced. Several feet of
storm surge water encroached the building and the roof caved in as a result of
the weight of too much rain water.
Besides all new equipment, which includes modern electronic cash registers,
the supermarket now features colourful wall accents and a new floor.
“We took the opportunity to update and freshen up our look,” said Marketing
Supervisor Maria Tom–Pack. “It’s brighter now.”
The store has added two new cash registers, one of which is near the deli for
express check–outs, joining another that was already there.
The hot deli bar has been extended in length, and the coffer bar is bigger as
well, said Mrs. Tom–Pack.
“We’ll also serve custom–made pizzas here now,” said Mrs. Tom–Pack, adding
that there will be some new merchandise on the shelves as well.
Although the original location at the Airport Centre has reopened, Mr. Foster
said the temporary store at the far end of the building will remain open through
Christmas as well, selling bulk items and goods like large appliances and
Early next year, the temporary location will be closed down for refitting and
conversion to a warehouse store called Priced Right. It will be similar to
Costco or B.J.’s Wholesale Club in North America, except customers will not have
to pay a membership fee.
The West Bay Republix store reopened shortly after the hurricane. The Strand
location is not scheduled to reopen until the first week of February, Mr. Foster
Foster’s Food Fair at the Airport Centre just celebrated its 24th anniversary
Mr. Foster said he was extremely appreciative of the support the business
received through the Hurricane Ivan experience. “I’m very thankful for the
patience of all our vendors, customers and staff,” he said.