The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be closing Beckford, Pechon and West Streets, in downtown Kingston, to vehicular traffic three days this week to facilitate Christmas shopping.
According to the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, the move will allow vendors and shoppers alike to maximize benefits from the seasonal shopping spree, and encourage the public to maintain downtown as the City’s main shopping centre.
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie (in cap at centre) shows Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Christopher Tufton (to his right), how to bargain with produce vendors at the Coronation (Curry) Market in downtown Kingston, during a tour of the market Saturday (December 18) as part of the ”Christmas in the City. Downtown Comes Alive’ shopping promotion. KSAC Town Clerk, Errol Greene, is behind the Mayor
“I will be seeking the cooperation of the business community, the vendors, the security forces and the shoppers to make it a big success this year, and a major boost for downtown,” Mayor McKenzie said Saturday.
The three streets will be closed to vehicles between Wednesday and Friday. This follows the KSAC’s annual downtown Kingston Christmas shopping promotion, “Christmas in the City. Downtown Comes Alive”, which ended on Saturday with a tour of the Coronation (“Curry”) Market, Spanish Town Road, the country’s main produce market, by Mayor McKenzie, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Christopher Tufton and KSAC Town Clerk, Errol Greene.
Dr. Tufton said that the efforts by the KSAC to promote shopping for produce at the markets downtown would benefit not only the vendors and their customers, but also the local farmers who have suffered several setbacks this year, including floods.
He applauded the Mayor for promoting the idea, and called on both vendors and shoppers to support it, in the interest of Jamaica’s development.
“Christmas in the City.Downtown Comes Alive” is staged annually by the KSAC, supported by Scotiabank, the Gleaner Company, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, offering shoppers major discounts from shops, markets and sidewalk vendors who occupy the commercial space.