Seeing the need to have barbers and beauticians on the Merriman’s Mall accommodated in a suitable and comfortable environment, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council has reached an agreement with the beauticians and barbers to lease over 45 spots on the mall for the construction of their shops which will all be similar in design.
Construction work is being undertaken by the allottees themselves in the area on the mall between Cummings and Light Streets.
Back in 2016, the barbers and beauticians were moved to the area and left under tents.
It was only recently that permission was granted for permanent structures to be built.
City Mayor Ubraj Narine said the approval took too long, but now that it has been granted, he is pleased that the barbers and beauticians will have a more comfortable option to ply their trade.
“Some of the issues they faced was when rain fell, you can’t do business because they operate by using a plastic cover, or something to cover their Roof, and they cannot operate properly because they didn’t have electricity”.
Mayor Narine said that there is a need to look out for the vendors.
He said the allottees will pay $15,000 as a monthly rental for the spot along with a lease fee of $80,000 every five years.
The Mayor said the terms of the agreement followed consultations at the municipal level with the association representing the barbers and beauticians.
“That was agreed not by us, that is agreed by the association, the barber association, they agreed to those terms. So, I work to suit those terms because consultation is necessary where the $80,000 is a 5-year lease for that area, it would be continuous, it will remain there no one would take that spot from them and they came to an agreement where they would pay a rental fee every month.” Mayor Narine said.
Other spots are expected to be added to cater for snackettes and other small businesses.