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CELEBRATION: MHCC Turns 10

At precisely 12pm on the 12th of this month, MHCC officially opened its doors ten years ago. Morris Hedstrom Group Retail and Marketing director Kunaseelan Sabaratnam said that every year,
13 Dec 2017 11:13
CELEBRATION: MHCC Turns 10
Directors and executives of Carpenters Fiji Limited Group at the celebration of MHCC's 10th Birthday on December 12, 2017. Photo: Monica Aguilar

At precisely 12pm on the 12th of this month, MHCC officially opened its doors ten years ago.

Morris Hedstrom Group Retail and Marketing director Kunaseelan Sabaratnam said that every year, the directors of Carpenters Group would gather at the MHCC complex to cut the cake at 12pm sharp to mark this ocassion.

“It has been a long journey.

“Ten years has passed and today you can see how successful MHCC is,” he said.

The MHCC seen today will be undergoing major works and by 2019, will be a 13-level building.

The nine new levels being added will be used as office spaces.

Around $55-60 million will be invested into this project.

Known to many as the ‘Meeting Point’, Mr Sabaratnam said it is heart warming to know that there are lot of parents whose kids are at the complex today because it used to be their parents dating spot.

“I remember when I came in 2000, this place [MHCC complex] was a car park because the old MH store had burned down in 1998.

“A lot of people had nostalgic feelings about MH at that time and they kept asking us when were we going to build the complex.

“So it was then when we decided to work on the plans and build this complex,” he said.

Being a part of history is what the company strives to do.

150 years

Next year, the group will celebrate Morris Hedstrom’s 150 years in Fiji.

It is the first company in the country to exist for 150 years.

Mr Sabaratnam thanked the loyal customers of Morris Hedstrom for trusting the company for over a century.

Foreshore Development

As for the Group’s foreshore development plan, the ground work had began a few months ago and the whole project will be completed in six to eight years time, he said.

Mr Sabaratnam said there will be three to four hotels, a retail store, shop lots, apartments, cinemas and so on.

He added that there are negotiations taking place with international boutique hotels.

There are 1,700 employed at the group’s MaxVal-U and MH stores. 

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

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