Expansion takes Lindo’s to Next Level
Lindo’s Group of Companies has officially launched Next Level, the organisation’s new bulk buy store in Devonshire, which has led to new jobs.
The name is a playful riff on the store’s location, directly above Lindo’s Market on Watlington Road East, the first store in the chain, which was established in 1960 as a butcher’s shop.
Lindo’s also has a store on Middle Road in Warwick.
Next Level, which has been in the works for six years, was designed by architects Lindberg & Simmons and built by D&J Construction.
With an eye towards increasing the sustainability of the stores and reducing its carbon footprint, more solar panels have been installed around the property to offset some of the increased power needs, the company said.
Similarly, LED lighting has been used throughout the store and a more efficient refrigeration and freezer system has been installed.
Organic and healthier alternative brands are a priority in the new space along with bulk brands that Lindo’s said have been otherwise tricky to get on island, such as Member’s Mark – the in-house brand for Sam’s Club in the United States.
Lindo’s said it encourages feedback from its customers on products and brands that they would like to see stocked.
The company said the new outlet is expected to create more than five new jobs at Lindo’s Group of Companies and has created leadership opportunities for the two managers of the store: Derek Basden and Anthony Harris.
Both men have been with Lindo’s for three years and have distinguished themselves with their dedicated work ethic and collegial work presence, the company said.
Mr Basden began his grocery career at Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom, where he undertook management courses. Fans of sweet treats may also recognise his work from Deese Cheesecakes – a local cheesecake production company stocked solely at Lindo’s stores.
Mr Harris began working for Lindo’s Market as a freezer merchandiser in September 2019, which was a huge career change from his previous experience in construction at BCM McAlpine.
He has set himself apart by his friendly nature and wholehearted enthusiasm for Lindo’s, the company said.
Giorgio Zanol MBE, president of Lindo’s Group of Companies, said: “We are so proud to officially unveil the Next Level, the first major expansion in 20 years.
“While this project has been delayed by the pandemic and supply chain issues, we are delighted with the end result and think our customers will be, too.
“We want to say a huge thank you to Lindberg & Simmons and D&J Construction, as well as in-house team led by Andre Zanol, for their hard work in getting this project completed.”
He added: “The new store is modern and spacious, with accessible wide aisles, and an exciting and varied range of products available to our customers at competitive prices.
“But the main thing that sets it apart is that it is part of the family business and our customers will continue to enjoy the same exceptional service and experience that they have come to expect from us.”
Next Level is open from 7am until 7pm, Monday through Saturday.