JTA Supermarkets Limited ("JTA") is one of the largest supermarket chains in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. Incorporated in 1988, it is owned and operated by a family with over eighty (80) years of experience in the Industry.
The Company is a member of the J.T. Allum Group of Companies. It started as a partnership with J.T. Allum & Company in 1934 and first operated as a small grocery store on 100 High Street, San Fernando. Over the decades, it has grown into a significant business group in the country focusing on property development and food retailing.
JTA currently has five (5) convenient store locations that are situated primarily in the south and central of the country. Each location has a retail footprint ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 square feet and provides a modern and spacious shopping experience for its many generations of customers:
Produce Section at the C3 Branch located at C3 Centre, Corinth
C3 Centre - . This branch is located along the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Corinth Interchange, San Fernando and is the newest addition to the JTA chain. It is an ultra modern branch with world class decor and ambience
Carlton Centre - This branch is located in the heart of the bustling downtown core of the City of San Fernando and it also serves as the Company’s Head Office.
Cross Crossing – This branch is located in the southern suburbs of San Fernando and it serves the growing residential community in the area.
Couva – This branch is located in the eastern edge of the town of Couva, which was at the heart of the old sugar cane industry and now adjacent to the thriving industrial area of Point Lisas.
Marabella – This branch is located in the northern suburbs of San Fernando and it is in the heart of a highly commercialized area.
The company’s strategy is to grow its brand into other parts of the country by leveraging on its strong public image for its great value and service. JTA looks forward to growing in order to achieve its goal of being the pre-eminent food retailer in the country.
Carlton K. Mack (1911 – 1995)
Carlton K. Mack was born in the district of Hock Shan, in the province of Guangdong, China in 1911. He was orphaned at an early age and through the assistance of extended family he moved to Hong Kong to work with the Allum’s family. By 1932, he accepted an invitation to work in their family’s business located in Trinidad, West Indies.
Once settled in Trinidad, his strong work ethic allowed him to gain the confidence of management and as a result he was invited to become one of the original partners in J.T. Allum & Company. It was during these post-Depression and pre-World War II days, that business was extremely difficult but Mr. Mack persevered and built a thriving business operation. By 1956, Mr. Mack became its main shareholder and began an aggressive and successful expansion of the group’s retail and real estate businesses.
In the field of business, Mr. Mack’s leadership transcended many other companies as he contributed to the growth and early development of business in this country. He made significant investments and contributions in the insurance, media, banking and construction industries. He was a former director of the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation (PLIPDECO), the industrial estate that has been integral in the development of Trinidad’s leading global position as a producer of petrochemicals. He was also a founding member and past president of the South Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (now the Energy Chamber), founding director of the Trinidad Express Limited (now part of the OCM Group) and Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (now RBC Royal Bank). He was also a former Member, Board of Governors, Academy of Insurance.
In the field of charity and community development, Mr. Mack was a very active contributor. In 1969, he single handedly raised monies for the local Scout Movement during a time of financial crisis. In 1971, after the Black Power riots, he was instrumental as a member of the Chinese community to raise $100,000 for the El Dorado Girls Youth Centre to assist in the development of young ladies in the nation. He was also instrumental in the establishment of St. Anthony’s College where he continued to contribute to the school as a Board of Trustee Member. He was also strongly affiliated with the Red Cross Society, Boy Scouts Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago. He was the recipient of two national awards for community work, the Scarlet Ibis Medal (1971) and the Humming Bird Medal – Gold (1975).
He was President of the China Society (1968 – 1991) was then made an Honorary President for Life upon his retirement. In 1985, the National Father’s Day Council of Trinidad and Tobago bestowed upon him the Father of the Year Medal. In 2013, Mr. Mack was inducted posthumously into the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Business Hall of Fame. This prestigious award honoured him as one of the country's foremost business leaders that contributed greatly to its growth and development.
Mr. Mack passed away in 1995, and the business continues to be actively managed by the second and third generations of the Mack family, building upon his impressive legacy.
At J.T.A. we strive to give our customers superior customer service at every moment of their shopping experience.
At. J.T.A. we insist on quality products that give our customers value for money.
At J.T.A. we know that not all customers are the same, that’s why we offer a broad selection so that there is something for everyone.
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Produce, fruits, meats (chilled/frozen), fish (chilled/frozen), eggs, chilled dairy products, bread and Bakery products must be exchanged/returned within 48 hours from date of purchase.
All other items* must be exchanged/returned within 7 days from date of purchase.
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* No exchanges/returns on Alcohol products.
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J.T.A. Supermarkets Ltd.
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Phone: 652-3611 Ext. 183 or 611
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Food safety experts recommend thawing foods in the refrigerator or the microwave oven, or putting the package in a water-tight plastic bag submerged in cold water and changing the water every 30 minutes. Gradual defrosting overnight in the refrigerator is best because it helps maintain quality.When microwaving, follow package directions. Leave about 2 inches (about 5 centimeters) between the food and the inside surface of the microwave to allow heat to circulate. Smaller items will defrost more evenly than larger pieces of food. Foods defrosted in the microwave oven should be cooked immediately after thawing.Do not thaw meat, poultry and fish products on the counter or in the sink without cold water; bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature.