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‘Scumbags’ Hit Robin Hood Re-Opening With $30k Theft

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Leslie Miller

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

Efforts to re-open the former Robin Hood store off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway have hit a ‘major setback’, Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace chief executive, Leslie Miller, telling Tribune Business yesterday that the store had suffered $30,000 in damages after thieves stole six air conditioning units last week.

Mr Miller, in an interview with Tribune Business, said he was 35-45 days from re-opening the store and creating 80 jobs.

“We are getting close to re-opening but we had a hell of a setback just Friday night. Some thieves went and took six ten-ton air-conditioners. They went into the store and destroyed every single wire leading to the main panels. They were professionally cut. This was a professional job. It’s about $30,000 dollars worth of damage they did. It was utter destruction. They almost destroyed the place,”said Mr Miller.

Robin Hood closed down back in January, its principal Sandy Schaefer telling Tribune Business he had little choice but to liquidate the company after it suffered a $3.6 million net loss in its last year.

Mr Schaefer said the closure of the retailer’s second store on Prince Charles Drive, a victim of a delayed opening and the ongoing roadworks, had prevented the company from generating a return on its investment in the property - and resulted in it losing more in its last 12 months than it had collectively earned in the previous four-five years.

Mr Schaefer, though still in the Bahamas, is not thought to be involved with the Tonique Williams-Darling site - that being a project Mr Miller has taken on himself. The Robin Hood owner is understood to be focused on the former Prince Charles Drive store instead.

Mr Miller noted that the closure of Robin Hood, a key ‘anchor tenant’ at the Summerwinds Plaza, had resulted in the loss of a significant amount of rental income. He confirmed he was attempting to re-open the store himself.

“Here we are trying to put this thing together to employ about 80 Bahamians, and we have a setback like this. Now we are going to have to find an extra $50,000 to replace what was stolen and damaged,” said Mr Miller, who noted that restocking the store would cost around $1.5-$1.8 million.

“This is why we can’t progress as a people. You have some scumbags out there who believe that all of us work for them. We don’t work to better ourselves; we work to bring each other down,” said Mr Miller.

Comments

concernedcitizen 7 years, 8 months ago

how come robin in da hood can only make money when the plp in ???they can,t even stay open when they have to pay duty ..........

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BoopaDoop 7 years, 8 months ago

Collect from the insurance company based on full landed cost, then bring in new a/c units duty-free under the Hotel and Restaurants Act like you did for Mario's.

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242352 7 years, 8 months ago

Free power now as well,

just like Mario's Bowling get.

Boy tings good with this new PLP....

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242 7 years, 8 months ago

"Some thieves went and took six ten-ton air-conditioners" Must be some REAL professionals to pull that off....did they have a crane to get away with all of that stolen goods.

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concernedcitizen 7 years, 8 months ago

ten ton is the size and air it handles not the wieght ,the average home is 4 ton ,,,but it doesn,t wiegh 8000 odd pounds

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242 7 years, 8 months ago

lol thanks for pointin that out...oh now that makin more sense

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concernedcitizen 7 years, 8 months ago

if him and schafer split up how sandy ga compete ,payin light and duty ,,,miller you didn,t pay for a/c anyway ,you always been a front ,,what you should of said is ,i can,t believe dem scumbags stole from my goose ,miller you ga put them same a/c back after you get the insurance check ,,lmao

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oracleoctavia 7 years, 8 months ago

I thought the COMMISSIONER AND ALL where claiming crime is down...is this the only way Bahamians will be informed of crime when it happens to PLP MPs and their business associates...this is seriously WRONG!!!!!!!!!

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concernedcitizen 7 years, 8 months ago

the head scumbag has now called us stupid and scumbags ,

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sansoucireader 7 years, 8 months ago

The legendary figure, Robin Hood, was known to steal from the rich and give to the poor. So who would steal from Robin Hood? To give/sell to who?

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