Jamaican company CARI-MED building $6-billion distribution centre in St Catherine

Cari-Med Group Limited is investing more than $6 billion in the development of a distribution centre in St. Catherine.

The 258,000-square-foot facility, which is being built on land along Salt Pond Road in Bernard Lodge, will house the warehouses and administrative offices of the entity’s Consumer Goods Division.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (centre), breaks ground for Cari-Med Group Limited’s new multibillion-dollar distribution centre in Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (October 16). Also participating (from left) are Member of Parliament for South St. Catherine, where the facility will be located, Fitz Jackson; Marva Christian, wife of Dr. Glen Christian (second right), who is Cari-Med’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman; and Director of TankWeld Limited, which will construct the centre, Louis Aiken.

The first phase of the project, for which ground was broken on Wednesday (October 16), is slated for completion in December 2020.

Cari-Med, which was established in 1986 by noted businessman, Dr. Glen Christian, distributes a wide range of household, personal care, and pharmaceutical products, and foods.

The operations have grown over the years to now comprise Cari-Med Distributors, Kirk Distributors and its export arm, Cari-Med International.

“We need more Jamaicans like [Glen Christian], who are willing to take a risk on Jamaica to create more employment.

— Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, who participated in the breaking of ground for the multibillion-dollar project, hailed Cari-Med as “the sort of success story that we must replicate right across Jamaica”.

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness (left), greets Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Cari-Med Group Limited, Dr. Glen Christian (right), and wife, Marva Christian, shortly before the breaking of ground for the Group’s new multibillion-dollar distribution centre in Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (October 16).

 “We need more entrepreneurs like Glen Christian, who takes business, not just as business… but as his passion. We need more Jamaicans like [him, who are willing] to take a risk on Jamaica to create more employment for Jamaicans, and to expand the Jamaican economy,” Mr. Holness said.

Dr. Christian, who is Cari-Med’s Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman, said that simultaneous with the entity’s expansion over the years, has been the growth in employment.