CTL Donates 14 Fans to BFEC

CTL Donates Approximately $5K in Merchandise to Bregado Flax Educational Center

CTL Home Center once again assisted the education sector with the recent donation of approximately $5000.00 worth of merchandise to Bregado Flax Educational Center (BFEC) Secondary Division on Virgin Gorda. The donation included but was not limited to fourteen standing fans, lights and a refrigerator.

The school is still recovering from the damages caused by Hurricane Irma and the air condition units are among the many things that need repairing or replacing. When news of the school’s urgent needs reached CTL Home Center’s Managing Director Michael Thomas, he said donating the items was an immediate and easy decision for him. He said “These students, despite the many post-Irma challenges are still trying their best to continue their education and we the business community should help to make the environment comfortable for both students and teachers.”  Mr. Thomas noted that an investment in education is an investment in our future and encouraged other companies to follow suit.

Chief Operations Officer David Thomas and CTL Virgin Gorda staff member, Trevoi Adams made the donations to Alexander Weekes, Senior Teacher/Administrator and Hilroy George, Principal for BFEC Secondary Division at the school’s campus on Wednesday October 3rd, 2018. Mr. George thanked CTL for the donation as he pointed out how uncomfortable the teachers and students were in the hot classrooms.

With CTL’s policy of good corporate citizenship, over the years the company has consistently donated to the education sector in the BVI. This year CTL donated laptop computers to five outstanding teachers by the Ministry of Education & Culture, reusable bags to teachers at the Ministry’s Annual Teachers’ Training, gift certificates to all teachers at the Robinson O’Neal Primary School on Virgin Gorda, cleaning supplies to students at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and tablets to students participating in BVI Finance’s Little Race to Save.

Other donations this year were made to BVI Diabetes Association, St. Georges Episcopal Church, East End Long Look Seniors, Festival Booth Owners and Rotary Festival Floupe along with CTL’s annual father’s day giveaway,

CTL Home Center’s management and staff take their corporate social responsibility very seriously and are proud and honoured to give back to our community that we work and live in.  The education sector and our seniors remain the main focus of CTL Home Center’s support.

CTL Father's Day Four Dads competing in CCT Daddy's Day Dash at CTL Home Center

CTL Surprises Dad with Fourth Place Prize

CTL Home Center surprised the Dad who placed fourth in CCT’s Daddy’s Day Dash by gifting him with his entire shopping basket.

CCT BVI’s ‘Daddy’s Day Dash took place on 16th June, 2018 at CTL Home Center Fish Bay Store at the end of CTL’s Father’s Day Deal and Dash Sale, where the entire store was discounted up to 20% through the discount wheel.

Four fathers competed in a shopping race for the highest total cost of the items in their shopping carts. There was no designated prize for fourth place at the start of the race, but at the end, Dwayne Rubaine, who placed fourth walked away with a $1,100.00 prize, which was higher than the second and third place winners.

CTL Home Center’s COO David Thomas made the surprising announcement during our LIVE Facebook broadcast of the shopping race. Mr. Thomas said CTL will present the fourth place winner with his entire basket winnings.

CTL Home Center has set the standard for Father’s Day Sale and giveaways with an annual sale for over 10 years. Mr. Thomas said, “our store’s early clients were predominantly fathers and we want to continue to recognize and thank them for their continued support”.

CCTBVI’s Daddy’s Day Dash Winners

First prize went to Phillip Hines of Tortola who received a $2,500 CTL Gift Card, second prize $1,000 CTL Gift Card was awarded to Darren Jones of Jost Van Dyke; third prize $500 CTL Gift Card awarded to Ganesh Surubally of Virgin Gorda, and fourth prize went to Dwayne Rubaine who received everything that was in his shopping cart. The four fathers were randomly selected through topping up $20 or more; signing up for Freedom 1 or any LTE Package, or by paying their bill on time to dash through the aisles of CTL Home Center.

Photos attached. Additional photos and video can be found on CTL facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CTLBVI/

For further information contact:

Eno Soman
CTL Marketing Desk (284) 494-2359 xt 285
Mobile (284) 443-3061

CTL Staff at gift presentation

CTL Home Center Spreads Christmas Cheer

Clarence Thomas Home Center brought Christmas cheer to children across the BVI as it continues to give back to the community. This week CTL Home Center presented gifts to over 100 primary school students who were affected by Hurricane Irma.

The students were recommended by teachers and principals as those most in need after the Category 5 Hurricane hit the BVI. All students at the Eslyn Henly Richeiz Learning Center were also included in the gift giveaway. CTL staff matched gifts according to the age and gender of each child selected.

CTL Virgin Gorda Staff along with teachers delivered gifts to children on the sister islands and Santa joined CTL’s Tortola staff at the main store at Fish Bay on Saturday, December 23, 2017 to present gifts to children selected from schools on Tortola.

Managing Director Michael Thomas said It means so much to CTL Home Center to bring joy to the hearts to these children because most of them have lost all their worldly belongings. It’s such a wonderful feeling to see their eyes light up when they see Santa and receive their gifts. We felt in our very small way that we helped the children and their parents to have an enjoyable Christmas despite the burden brought on by Hurricane Irma.

 CTL staff said “presenting the gifts along with Bell’s Café tasty treats to the children, parents, and teachers was a humbling and satisfying experience. The smiles and the expressions on the faces of children brought us so much joy”

 CTL Home Center thanks the many principals and teachers who assisted in making this initiative a success.


CTL Home Center Explores Expeditious Alternative Shipping Options

In an effort to speedily fulfill the building needs of the territory, CTL Home Center is engaging alternative shipping sources to supply customers after costly delays caused by the two major shipping companies – Tropical and Crowley.

Both Tropical and Crowley shipping companies are overwhelmed with aid deliveries from the US mainland to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands and the increased demand for supplies by other Caribbean countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Managing Director of CTL Home Center, Michael Thomas stated that at least four of CTL containers were bumped off Tropical and Crowley ships within the last two weeks as a result of the priority given to products for Puerto Rico and USVI – their first stops before heading to other regional destinations. Caribbean countries like St. Maarten, Dominica and BVI are only allotted a certain amount of containers on each of the ships, he added.

“We waited for over 20 containers for a week and a half, including six containing T1-11 roofing plywood” and after a distressing search for a lost container of Sheet Rock (dry wall) “we found it sitting at Tropical shipping facilities in St. Thomas for several weeks.” Mr. Thomas continued.

This delay in shipments has resulted in empty shelves at CTL Home Center and general shortages of building materials, plumbing materials, electrical supplies, and household products.

Mr. Thomas emphasized that it has been very stressful for the staff at CTL Home Center to continuously tell customers that we don’t know when the items they so desperately need will arrive.

“We are extremely disappointed with the situation the shipping companies have put us in, especially at our time of crisis. The people of the territory deserves better” said Chief Operations Officer, David Thomas.

To get the much needed supplies to the territory and his customers in a timely manner, Managing Director Thomas reiterated that he will engage other shipping companies. He added that he expects the challenges with Tropical and Crowley to be sorted out eventually but he cannot wait any longer.

Mr. Thomas has also called on government to consider and positively act on Tropical Shipping’s longtime request to make arrangements for the BVI to become the first stop or “hub” for distribution to other regional countries.

David and Michael Thomas holding BVICCHA Award inside CTL Home Center

CTL Home Center gets recognition in worldwide publication

Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) Home Center continues to stand out in our community after having received multiple business awards and recognized by the Government of the Virgin Islands for embarking on an employee wellness programme. This month the 50-year-old local retail giant received international recognition in the Newsworthy Magazine published by Orgill, a worldwide distributor in the home improvement industry.

The article titled “Standing Out in the Community” documented the humble beginnings of Clarence Thomas Ltd and its development into CTL Home Center, the main shopping center in the BVI for home construction, maintenance, household and home  improvement products.

Commenting on providing quality products and customer service at CTL Home Center, Managing Director, Michael Thomas told Newsworthy Magazine “We try to do a better job [at selecting and] presenting the products and offering more product knowledge at better price points”

Mr. Thomas thanked Orgill for the almost 30-year-old partnership. “Orgill allows us to grow our categories. Before [our partnership], plumbing, tools and hardware were our primary offerings. Working with Orgill allowed us to get further involved in other areas, such as housewares and electrical.” he continued.

CTL Home Center continues to expand its services at the new Fish Bay Superstore on Tortola. The onestop, home shopping center and lumber yard recently opened Bell’s Café, offering customers new menu selections for breakfast and lunch as well as musical entertainment at the Café’s water’s edge. A Scotiabank ATM machine was added on the upper level for customer shopping convenience

Michael Thomas accepting award from Meade Malone 2

CTL Home Center receives 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) Home Center recently received two prestigious awards for the year 2016. MWM Business Network presented the 2016 MWM Entrepreneur of the Year Award to CTL Home Center in recognition of outstanding achievement in the category of products services to CTL’s Managing Director Michael Thomas at the MWM’s Bizpitch Final on Saturday, January 21, 2017 held at Treasure Isle Hotel in Road Town, Tortola. The award seeks to provide inspiration to budding entrepreneurs in the BVI who are on the journey of building their company to achieve success locally and internationally. Managing Director of MWM Business Network, Mr. Meade Malone said: “we acknowledge CTL as an emerging BVI Business Icon and recognized that CTL is well positioned to provide inspiration to all entrepreneurs in the BVI.” Commending MWM Business Network on their valuable work with Virgin Islands entrepreneurs, Michael Thomas in his acceptance speech said “I’m really proud and excited for what’s taking place here tonight. It speaks volumes as to the future of this country; it says to me that the future of our home, my home that I believe in wholeheartedly, will be left in good hands as we continue to move forward.” The MWM Entrepreneur award was presented to two companies that started in the BVI and have achieved substantial success locally and internationally. Harneys was the other company selected. On November 19th, 2016, BVI Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association (BVICCHA) named CTL Home Center the winner of the top award for commerce in 2016. CTL Home Center was selected Business of the Year (Commercial) by the BVICCHA’s 250 members. Commenting on 2017 plans for CTL Home Center, Michael Thomas said the public would be impressed with the direction the business is heading. Mr. Thomas said, “We look forward to the new challenges and the journey as we get ready to hire a new manager at CTL and open Belle’s Café at the Superstore in Fish Bay.”
CTL Staff with BVICCHA Award

Superstore Clarence Thomas Limited Home Center Receives BVICCHA Top Award. New Bell’s Café on the way!

The BVI Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association presented the Business of the Year – Commerce Award to Clarence Thomas Ltd. (CTL) Home Center at the Superstore, Fish Bay, and Tortola.

Chairman of BVICCHA’s 2016 Gala Committee, St. Clair Springette presented the prestigious award to owners Michael and David Thomas as they celebrated the store’s first anniversary at its new location with the start of CTL’s Christmas and Anniversary Savings Campaign, offering reduced prices from December 14th to the 24th.

“This award is for our hard-working staff as well as the public for its more than 40 years of continuous support for CTL and over the past year of our new Superstore. It’s only going to get better. Thank you BVI public… Happy Holidays.” said COO David Thomas.

Commenting on the 2017 plans for CTL Home Center, CEO Michael Thomas said that the BVI community will be impressed with the store’s new direction. “We look forward to the journey ahead with the acquisition of a new manager and the inclusion of Bell’s Café early next year, named in honor of our matriarch, mother Maybell Thomas.” He added.

According to Mr. Springette, the BVICCHA Business Awards Gala was established to honor and recognize the commitment, service, and innovation of persons and businesses within the local Business and Hospitality sectors. It is an opportunity for the BVI community to acknowledge the outstanding services and contributions of our colleagues at a formal celebration.

Clarence Thomas Limited Home Center received overwhelming support for the Business of the Year (Commerce) Award by the 250 BVICCHA Members.



For more information please contact:
Eno G. Soman – Marketing Manager, CTL Home Center.
Email – esoman@ctlbvi.com