Malic’s Poultry Supermarket, one of Belize City’s longest standing roots superstores, located at the corner of Central American Boulevard and Vernon Street, on the Southside of Belize City, is closing its doors next month, June, and a Chinese grocery store is slated to take its place.

Over the past two decades, scores of Belizean grocery stores and other businesses have folded and have been replaced by Chinese businesses, while new Chinese stores have cropped up on virtually every street in the City.

The owners of Malic’s, Nellie and Hugh Malic, have been in business for 21 years.

The Malic store, located on East Collet Canal in Belize City, is owned by members of the same family, and has trimmed its supermarket function to focus on poultry.

Malic’s Poultry Supermarket on the Boulevard is now undergoing structural renovations to accommodate the new Chinese grocer.

Amandala understands that the fierce pricing scheme of other competing supermarkets and inequities in the tax regime were major factors that triggered the decision to close the business.

The closure will mean the loss of several jobs held by female and male employees of the establishment, as the new grocer has not made any commitment to hire them.