Friday August 5 was a time of celebration for the people of East End – they no longer have to go all the way into Savannah or George Town for their remittance services. GraceKennedy Money Services Cayman Limited (GKMS) had just opened another Western Union outlet at the One Stop Grocery. “These are exciting times for us at GraceKennedy Money Services/Western Union. For some time, people have been asking for the establishment of a Western Union outlet in this part of Grand Cayman and today we are happy that we were able to partner with One Stop Grocery and formally open this location – one that will serve the Eastern and Northern districts,” said Diandra Shand-Ogbe, Business Network Officer for GraceKennedy Money Services (Cayman) Ltd. “There are many services we offer at Western Union. One can utilize our Money In Minutes option where money gets to the receiver almost immediately, or there’s the Next-Day service that allows receivers to pick-up cash the following day. There’s also the Direct To Bank service, which is becoming quite popular, as our customers are now sending directly to their or their receivers’ bank accounts and finally Quick Pay which allows customers to pay bills at our locations.”
Money Services is a part of the GraceKennedy Financial Group, headquartered in Jamaica, and are the agents of Western Union. “At present, we are in 11 Caribbean countries including Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica as well as here in Cayman. This is our eighth location in Cayman,” Mrs. Shand-Ogbe said.
“In addition to this new location, we’re in four Foster’s locations: Foster’s Countryside, Foster’s Airport, Foster’s Camana Bay and Foster’s Republix, as well as Convenience Shop Y Mas on Eastern Avenue, Small Deals Outlet on Thompson Building in George Town, and on Cayman Brac at L&M Superstore. East End is home to many who utilize our services and this coupled with the ongoing residential and commercial projects, we thought it was important to expand our offerings and presence to this area,” said Mrs. Shand-Ogbe.
Parliamentary Secretary and East End Member of Parliament, Isaac Rankine was on hand to participate in the Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting exercise. “This is going to be amazing because it is right in the centre of our district, but it also stops people from having to commute to George Town so it is a big step up for us. We’re happy to have a service of this nature which caters to the needs of not only the migrant workers but for our Caymanians who use a remittance service. I also want people who have the capacity to come and invest in our district and provide jobs for us. I am so pleased to see this happening and I hope that other businesses come in and do the same thing,” he said.
Director of One Stop Grocery, Ronnel Kelly said, “This is a very great milestone for me because we started One Stop exactly two weeks before the pandemic. At first it was challenging but to see everything happening now it means a lot to us. We chose to partner with GraceKennedy Money Services/Western Union because this was one of the services that was lacking in the area. Members of the community would ask or say they wished a remittance service was closer so I feel honoured to be able to meet this need.”