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

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Grand Opening for Clarence Thomas Ltd. Fish Bay location

Virgin Islands invited to come and celebrate the grand opening for CTL at Fish Bay

 Clarence Thomas Limited will host an all day grand opening event and ceremony at the new facility in the Fish Bay Estate. Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Thomas, who established CTL in 1967 as an individual business that specialized in plumbing retail and maintenance, will now celebrate 49 years of service in the BVI.

The grand opening will be celebrated with their sons, family, business partners, the CTL family (consisting of over 45 employees) and the BVI community on April 2nd 2016. The community is invited to come and celebrate. CTL vendors will also be in attendance demonstrating new products and meeting with customers.


Clarence Thomas Limited is taking an eco-friendly approach constructing new Tortola, Fish Bay store location

Clarence Thomas (CTL) finds opportunities to be earth conscious in the British Virgin Islands

CTL is steadily moving closer to opening the new store in Fish Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

CTL. is committed to using local, recycled materials where applicable for the build of their new location in Fish Bay. CTL has recently mixed an estimated 10,000 pounds of recycled glass with concrete to use for the flooring of the main office.


Inside Tour of Clarence Thomas Ltd. New Fish Bay location

Out of the classroom and onto a building site for Cedar International School students

Clarence Thomas Limited, recently sponsored a school tour of the construction site in Fish Bay. Cedar International School Pre-Kindergarten students were given the opportunity to explore the inside of the new, expansive facility.

The students, proudly wearing their hard hats and youth-sized tool belts provided by CTL, obtained a personalized tour of the new facility from David Thomas and one of the site managers and members of his team.