Adam and Eve delves deep into expansion

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Spa service provider Adam and Eve Day Spa and Salon is set to celebrate its 12th anniversary from its new location situated at 56 Old Hope Road in Kingston.

In what the owners described as a multimillion-dollar expansion, this new location is said to be the culmination of a legacy of more than 10 years in the making.

A recent news release has noted that the company which began operations in April 2007 will mount its largest multimillion-dollar expansion to date — from its current 5,000 sq ft location to its new 10,000 sq ft compound.

The new home is set to boast a spa and salon, retail and training spaces, as well as a juice bar, becoming the gem in the crown for directors Garth and Kimisha Walker.

“This is our largest investment/expansion to date and something we are truly proud of. Years ago, our first move took us from a 1800 sq ft location to our current 5,000 sq ft facility. We did this in 2012; investing over $20 million at a time when the economy was not particularly strong and the dollar was unstable. This move to our 10,000 sq ft facility is monumental and a considerable investment for us,” explained Garth Walker, chairman of Adam & Eve Day Spa.

He further expressed confidence in the current business atmosphere, also commenting that he believed the time was right to have taken on this calculative investment.

Maintaining a staff compliment of just over 25 people since 2017, Adam and Eve prides itself on being one of the leading providers of spa services locally.

Managing Director Kimisha Walker expressed that it is their innovation and training that have helped the business to maintain its tradition throughout the last 11 years.

“Most professional spas in Jamaica do the same traditional treatments differently — whether it is technique, places or even timing. We are innovators and trend setters, as we were the first local spa to introduce the infamous 'rainforest room' ,” she emphatically shared.

According to Walker, the global spa market is forecasted to rise to a compound annual growth rate of 5.7 per cent by 2021, with the United States leading the spa market with more than 21,000 facilities. However, Jamaica, which is said to be the spa services leader in the English-speaking Caribbean, still suffers from a lack of regulation, which is believed to be impeding further growth.

“The spa industry is highly fragmented and unregulated. Having been in the business for years, we have realised that we had to navigate through the lack of standardisation. There is still no proper regulatory body that ensures that a certain standard is maintained across all aspects of the industry in order to call yourself a spa, as the term is used very loosely. We believe a lot more needs to be done by the hospitality sector to educate both owners and customers about what hospitality is really made up of, and ultimately legislate laws to regulate the industry,” Walker emphasised.

With the prospects of an increased staff compliment, new game-changing services, and staff training accompanied by certification, the entrepreneurial duo has pledged to continue carving out a niche for beauty services in Jamaica.


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