Mayor Francis wants more St Lucian products sold in Castries market

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet led a tour of the Castries market on Saturday accompanied by architects with plans to transform the image of the city.

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, who was also present for the visit, said the plan calls for the modernization of vending in Castries.

“We have to reengineer what’s happening in Castries as far as vending is concerned,” he said.

Mayor Francis wants more St Lucian products to be sold in the Castries market.

“In the market, we’ll license people to sell products so we’re trying to make sure its St Lucian products. We’re trying to get the manufacturers involved in it,” Francis said.

The Mayor said officials are considering travelling to England to study how their market is designed.


  1. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    is not local stuff that need to be sold they need to be diversified cause to many of the vendors have the same goods

  2. The Commentator
    August 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    There is need for more souvenir shirts with ” Sa ka fete ” prints instead of “We Be Jamming” prints.

    1. cdn
      September 3, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Great idea!!! truly reflects St.Lucia,,,,love it!

  3. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Read the last line in the press release..LOLOLOL .do we really need to go England to see how markets are being designed. what nonsense!!

    1. Anonymous
      August 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Hey the guys have to get that nice per diem money plus a free trip

  4. Jabal
    August 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm


    You mean somebody wants a free trip to the UK.

  5. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    The poor old market is too jumbled up with the same old stuff, there need to be diversity and more space so the visitors to move around and stop harassing the people, they do not like being harassed. We need to move away from the ghetto mentality and be business like and be a cut above the rest.

    1. True
      September 3, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      It is harrassing even for me as a local. The people look upset and disappointed if you don’t buy. Worse yet is if you buy from a rival vendor. Another vendor looks angry. The vibes in that market are horrible.

  6. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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    God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.

    – Revelation 1: 3

  7. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Do we have data or reports collecting dust on the shelves and not putting it to good use which could assist with coming up with the right , unique ST.Lucian product?
    Hire the right people to analyze the data collected from stay over and cruise ship tourists. Ask the vendors questions to extract information.
    What type of cruise ship passengers do we attract? (Does a high percentage fall in a bracket of tourists who are only willing to spend US 5-10?If base on the figures, then the goods sold by our vendors, what price range do they fall in?
    Do they know the preferred size of an item a tourist is willing to carry. Do they know the sizes of what they sell might be a deterrent because of the shipping costs
    Who sensitizes the vendors on current trends? Who sensitizes the vendors on the buying habits of an American tourist verses a British tourists.


    It is a shame to see the type of goods sold by Sea Island Shop. Who occupies prime locations at La Place Carenage. A high percentage of what they sell is what every other island sell and goods made in China.

    Spend time reading about the buying habits of tourists.
    Listen to what tourists are saying. DO NOT sell Chinese made goods. PERIOD

    1. One note
      September 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Just a comment on cruise ship passengers aspect: Much of what is on land is on the cruise ship already. Chinese too. So if we create really unique stuff, travel size in particular….we just might tap into a different revenue avenue.

  8. saimonjes
    August 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    i have a family member who is a craft vendor for the past 10 years or more and if is one thing i can always remember her saying is that they have repeatedly ask past and present Ministers to review the market and its operations . the need was so urgent particularly when issues such as all inclusive packages offered by the various hotels took away sales etc. the market was then plagued with heat and a leaking roof. though some attention has been given such as extractor fans and roof repairs it was still not sufficient to address the main market problems. As a St. Lucian the market has always fascinated me with its history and design. This is a unique and special structure and no other building apart from the Cathedral can compare. Most St. Lucian’s and visitors surely knows the market. Everything in my opinion revolves around the market, whether is Bicycle Race, Political Meetings, Toes Mi Jab La, Crusades,Dance, Food, Rum ,and in the past even watching TV at the entrance . The market was everyone’s clock apart from the fire service siren and the church bells around the city. Such and more are the values of the market. But to me the market has been robbed of its true purpose and value by all of us. Those in position need to reflect and look at the market as a symbolic structure and not just a place to sell. Restore the things that made the market bubble with life. Things like the clock, the lion waterspout,etc. If we can do it for Walcott House we can for the market. Create the market into some sort of Vending Museum to attract and drive people to come and see.

    1. Anonymous
      August 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I forgot about the Lion fountain, thanks for the reminder.

  9. Buy Local
    August 29, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Trip to London? Seriously? For who and how many? At a time when SLU is badly in debt. And who are the architects? Foreign or local? Buy local!

  10. Anonymous
    September 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

    We need different products,every one has the same t-shirts same every thing.i have been to different places with different things on Lucian only selling the same things.we need to educate them not a free trip to England,really come on

  11. Finola Jennings Clark
    September 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    If we really are to fill the market with local products there will have to be a serious programme to support local artisans, agro-producers, artists, body & hair product makers, small manufacturers, designers etc – we simply do not have the capacity to fill the need and it’s not because entrepreneurs have not been trying, it’s because no-one has ever taken the advice myself and other consultants have been repeating over and over, that we must make concessions/incentives easier for micro-businesses to obtain; we must provide functional support services like assistance with caricom certificate of origin, customs clearance etc – easy to assign a couple officers to perform these functions at reduced rates; create a ‘mark’ that is awarded to genuine local products/producers to help them compete with imports (without imposing import restrictions or bans which world trade agreements prohibit); give PRIME space to those who are genuine artisans and small manufacturers. This all needs to be supported by a programme of assistance – incubators – to assist people to move from being part-time/marginal producers to sustainable independent micro-small enterprises.
    A trip to the UK to see how markets are organized is hardly a priority here…but at least we are talking about actually doing something…I hope they actually include doing what’s needed.

  12. Anonymous
    September 3, 2017 at 11:44 am

    How can you consider travelling to England to get information for use in our indigenous market here in Saint Lucia. Pay me i can tell you guys what to do smh somebody definitely eants to waste tax payers money for a free trip to England and per diem

  13. cecilia Benjamin Wilson
    September 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    lift st Lucia, do what’s best for Helen of the West.

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    September 30, 2017 at 1:51 pm

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