Foster’s Food Fair – IGA will open a supermarket in Camana Bay that will pave the way for the coming construction of residential offerings in the development.
“The much awaited residential build-out of Camana Bay is about to begin and we recognised the need to add a new level of convenience for those who live, work and play here,” said Jackie Doak, president of Dart Real Estate. “Introducing a large supermarket that can accommodate the anticipated growth of Camana Bay will help cultivate a sense of community in keeping with the principles of New Urbanism.”
Foster’s Food Fair Ltd. began as a single, family-owned supermarket in 1980. Its first supermarket was less than 6,000 square feet, but the new location on Bismarckia Way at the north end of the Camana Bay property will have nearly 60,000 square feet, making it by far the brand’s largest retail location.
“Loyal customers will find our tried-and-true offerings and prices, but with more space for more variety,” said Julian Foster, marketing senior manager of Foster’s Food Fair Ltd. “We are pleased to be able to offer more gourmet and specialty goods along with a larger selection of natural and organic products.” The opening of the new supermarket will lead to the closing of Bay Market, a grocery store which Foster’s currently operates in Camana Bay.
“Bay Market will be closing, but not until we open the new location,” said Foster. “The new store will offer similar prepared and fresh food items as Bay Market currently does, but with more variety and larger selection.”
Dart Real Estate submitted an application to the Department of Planning in September for the supermarket and a four-level parking structure offering approximately 325 spaces. The supermarket will include a dining area and design elements that tap into the trend of experiential shopping. The U.S.-based architecture firm Lake|Flato Architects will design a modern supermarket specifically for the Cayman Islands’ humid climate, said Doak.
“When completed, this new Foster’s Food Fair supermarket in Camana Bay will offer an unparalleled shopping experience to Grand Cayman residents and visitors,” said Doak. “We are thrilled to partner with such a renowned local brand.”
U.S.-based Lake|Flato’s designs can already be seen at Camana Bay at the latest office buildings at 18 Forum Lane and One Nexus Way. The design of the new supermarket will incorporate natural light through a special rooftop design that is expected to provide cost-saving benefits in terms of electricity usage and at the same time will make customers feel connected to the outdoor environment.
Motorists and pedestrians will not see the supermarket’s busy back-of-house services as a result of an architectural design that incorporates elevated landscaping and a screening wall.
As is the case throughout Camana Bay, the new supermarket will be built with features that promote environmental sustainability, including an array of solar panels on the roof that can generate 250 kW
The master planning of the new development block aligns with Camana Bay’s commitment to create a walkable community. A wide walkway between the supermarket and the parking structure will connect the area to the rest of the Town Centre, offering a fluid transition for pedestrians from Emeritus Drive to other Camana Bay thoroughfares including the Paseo, Market Street, Forum Lane and all the way to Cayman International School. Outdoor seating will be offered throughout the area, allowing people to eat or linger after shopping.
The new parking structure is designed with aesthetic appeal. It will feature a variety of perforated metal panels in hues of blues and greens, as well as climbing plants from top to bottom on its facade.
It is estimated the project will take two years to complete.