GROCERIES & PROVISIONS
IN THE BVI
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Tortola. The best
locale for serious provisioning centers around Road Town's
Wickham's Cay II
area with Riteway and One Stop Superstore as well as
Wickham's Cay I with Bobby's Supermarket and The Ample
Hamper--these four being the major provisioners, allowing ordering ahead
See Provisioning for information on how to
provision. See Refill water
tanks for available locations to do so.
Cay II. Nearby on
Waterfront Drive is the main Riteway
Supermarket, which closely resembles a
modern American supermarket with a bright, spacious interior, strong
air-conditioning, and a big parking lot in front. One difference is the large
displays of canned milk and popular provisioning items.
Riteway offers fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked
bread and other items from its in-store bakery and pastry shop, a wide
selection of deli meats and cheeses (European as well as American), fresh
and frozen meats, a great variety of wines and spirits as well as many specialty
items for vegetarians, gourmet cooks, and health conscious customers.
Prices. Often you will hear that the best
prices in the BVI are 20% above those in the U.S.
|Across the side street from this Riteway is
their Cash & Carry Wholesale outlet for volume purchase discounts.
now has its provisioning list
receive it by mail or fax so you can order ahead
for free delivery:
284-494-2263 or fax 284-494-2222.
toward Port Purcell is the
One Mart Superstore, a large
supermarket and provisioner with a huge range of products and excellent
meat, all at competitive prices.
Also at Port Purcell is
Caribbean Cellars with
liquor, beer, and wine.
Nearby at Baugher's Bayis the
BVI Fishing Complex
(284-494-3491) with fresh local seafood.
Also in the Wickham's Cay II area
is Kmark's gourmet grocery (494-4649, at Port Purcell with excellent
provisioning. Ms. Penguin has
"heat and eat" frozen seafood and other meals.
At the entrance to Wickham's Cay II, Tico
Importing Co. (494-2211) with discount retail prices and wholesale rates, imports
the largest variety of fine wines and spirits in the BVI. Discounts
include case prices, specials and promotions, a 10% discount on
any 5 bottles of wine or spirits purchased at the regular price, and wholesale
prices to the crewed yacht trade.
Wickham's Cay I.
intown round-a-about, Bobby's
Market Place (email)
is a supermarket and the favorite provisioner of many with a
huge selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, wines and liquors, decent prices
and free delivery (photo:
With a store at the Inner Harbour Marina,
The Ample Hamper
has food and drink items like wines and cheese from the United
Kingdom and U.S. as well as general provisions for chartering.
Riteway Markets has another smaller "full
service" store near Wickham's Cay I off Main Street on Flemming Street near the
"round-a-bout" and also a small convenience outlet at Ft. Burt Marina.
Although these locations do not compare with its main store described above, the Riteway
Markets are both popular and affordable.
on the West End. Harbour
Market, at The Wharf, has a large selection, deli and gourmet items as well as general provisions
for chartering. The Ample Hamper
Too is at Frenchman's Cay marina. Nearby Kelly's Superette
and Walker's Superette also have groceries.
Fat Hog's Bay.
The BVI's leading seafood distributor,
seafood market, is located here at Penn's Landing and offers free delivery
to all charter bases. Also here is a small Riteway market, the
The Trellis Bay Market is a small convenience store with
some wines that greets the North Sound Express.
Cane Garden Bay.
Cline's Bakery and Netty's Diner have fresh bread
and baked goods. Bobby's
Market Place has groceries and Columbus Sunset Store & Bar has a variety of items
including a few groceries. Cane Garden Bay Seafood Superette has fresh
seafood and a few groceries along with Rhymer's Beach Hotel.
Harbour in 'The Valley'.
Both The Commissary and
Food Market have groceries at the Yacht Harbour. For serious provisioning, toward
The Baths is RTW, Riteway's wholesale
outlet (5-5228, fax 5-5572), strictly cash and carry selling cases and minimum quantities
(usually sets of threes) for serious provisioning. Near RTW is a
Buck's Wholesale provisioning outlet.
North Sound. The Bitter End Emporium
has groceries, deli items off the resort's menus and its famous baked goods by Winston,
Chef's Pantry has gourmet
supermarket provisioning and catering at the Leverick Bay Resort.
The North Sound Superette have groceries a hike up Gun Creek.
Also at Gun Creek is Buck's
Jost Van Dyke
Harbour. While the people on Jost Van Dyke take the ferry to do serious
shopping in Road Town, basic groceries are available at Rudy's Superette,
fresh baked goods at Christine's
Bakery, ice at The Icehouse, and fresh fruits and vegetables
at Nature's Basket.
"Harbour." In the anchorage, Pam of Pam's Kitchen comes around in
a dinghy about 5:30 pm every day offering baked goods and preserves. In The Settlement, Faulkner's Country Store
Roadtown Wholesale History.
Beginning in 1960 when there were few cars and no charter boats or ferries, Peter and
Penny Haycraft started Road Town Wholesale. Mostly canned goods were sold, including milk
of course: "Every baby in the BVI was given Pet Milk! . . . That first shipment, 25
cases of Pet Milk did not reach the store. The milk was sold off the dock . . ." See Island
Wholesale - In the Beginning and RTW 40th Anniversary
(1st cargo vessel crosses ocean).