Market Place Gonaives is our vision for Nation changing influence in Haiti.
Haiti has lived under the title of ‘helpless’ for decades. God is writing a different story in Gonaives today and has invited us to be a part.
Our strategy unfolds in an atmosphere of restoration. Our project is about renaissance, where 50 jobs were lost, hundreds will be created. The project will draw thousands of customers to the property each month and our culture impacting venues will consistently communicate “transformation is happening, come be a part”.
Belmart Grocery Store
Belmart is our economic anchor tenant. Owner Marc Hechema brings his entrepreneurial spirit to the project he describes as "a no brainer". It is time that a major grocery chain expand outside Port-au-Prince. Belmarts operations manager, Darren Mitchell, brings 25+ years of experience with US based grocery chain Ingels, to Market Place Gonaives. Belmart Grocery will serve the supermarket needs of the thousands of middle class Haitians that live within 50 miles and those NGOs, development and faith based organizations also surrounding and working in Gonaives.
At this time consumers wishing to purchase brand name items drive 3 hours to Port-au-prince to do so. Gonaives and MPG will become the destination for thousand of shoppers. This anchor store will make MPG a desired location for other retail outlets.
Restaurant and Cafe
The Restaurant / cafe will be the "front porch / gathering place for the MPG. This area will feature lots of patio seating, water features and umbrellas. Great internet connection with a minimum purchase will entice the university to make us a favorite spot. (The University does not have internet access). We will have private dinning areas for more sensitive meeting and several seating areas to accommodate different customers.
We are considering the name "La Perle" for the restaurant, remembering that Haiti was known as the "the pearl of the antilles"
What business would not want to locate above an anchor tenant that draws thousands of potential customers every week. These tenants will lease 800 sq ft. including bathroom and office. Each space will be responsible for their own electricity and build out. Tenants will pay market rates beginning at $500.00 per space per month. We hope to offer business training and customer service employee training to all participating shop owners.
Classrooms and Conference Room
Imagine training classes, discussion groups, business symposiums, chamber of commerce luncheons, wedding receptions, birthday parties, concerts and other community events.
These rooms will be truly multi-purpose; equipped with technology to facilitate the need of the customer. They will be income producing when rented by the community and culturally impacting as we host training seminars, think tanks and create a positive environment for change.
2nd Story Goods
We are celebrating a store front retail outlet for "Made in Haiti" gift shop. 2nd Story Goods will operate this business, featuring 2SG, but also selling other fine made items made in country. We sell lots of product when people come to our "in home retail outlet" This is going to be a windfall for 2SG. We will be going public.
"Made in Haiti" will have public store front entrance over Belmart and an entrance from the cafe/restaurant. We are designing an open mezzanine that will look down in the restaurant dinning area and have a staircase into that area. Patrons can shop while waiting on their orders.