IGA Whitchurch Grocery in Portsmouth has opened !

IGA Whitchurch Portsmouth, Dominica

It is with great excitement that the Picard area welcomes the brand new IGA Whitchurch grocery store. The store opened yesterday evening and was greeted by a mob of shoppers. For those of you not on island, let me explain…this is a big deal in our community because it is the only one of it’s kind in the northern part of the island. In the capital Roseau (one hour away) there are three major grocery stores, as it should be because of the dense population there. Here in Picard there are mostly small business groceries, few of which have carried a selection of fresh fruit/vegetables and fresh meat.  The IGA produce section was full of local crops as well as lots of imported items-fresh strawberries, cantaloupe, plums, peaches, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower etc.

Having this increased variety of choices in produce and vegetables is bound to kick up some of the Ross Spouses’ Kitchen recipes…and now with all that fresh beef, we will be looking forward to more chili cookout fundraisers.

Outside of produce and meat you can also find fresh bread and cakes at the bakery, fresh cold cuts at the deli, canned goods, frozen goods, household cleaning items,  paper products, and an aisle full of ice cream and alcoholic beverages.

The store is really well done, most items fairly priced, and the shelves are stocked. It is really an amazing accomplishment. Many thanks to the Whitchurch family for bringing in such a wide variety of new grocery items. The life of Ross spouses just got much easier. Hopefully this will encourage more of the Ross community to buy locally instead of shipping in barrels of food.

For myself, I have to add that having IGA just a few steps away does not mean that I no longer intend to support the other local small business owners. It just means that some of the goods I grew up with in the US will now be available here in Dominica. I will still happily support Tina’s, James Store, 7-11, and Picard Grocery. They each offer different items…and hey I’m an equal opportunity shopper !

About louisiana2dominica

Native New Orleanian lived on the island of Dominica for 8 years
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5 Responses to IGA Whitchurch Grocery in Portsmouth has opened !

  1. George says:

    Great Info, Thanks!
    The Whitchurch family has worked very hard to bring this beautiful supermarket
    to such a remote area. The town of Portsmouth should be very proud of their
    new supermarket!! Way to go IGA, Jason and Cedric!

  2. I can’t believe ppl told you to ship toilet paper and paper towel ! There is no need to ship toilet paper and paper towel, even before IGA. All of the small and large grocery stores carry both…and some stores carry American brands such as Charmin and Bounty. I use the local non brand tp and paper towel and have no complaints. They do have some that don’t fall apart on use. Just have to try a couple of brands. They may not be super plush and 3 ply, but hey I’d rather spend my money on island hopping or something else 🙂 Not only that, but you can buy those items in bulk/wholesale stores here from Malcolm Stephens Meat Company, Brizee Mart, IGA (Roseau for sure), and Astaphans…and many of these places even will deliver it to your front door.

  3. R. says:


    I have been an avid reader of your blog since several months ago, when I began the Ross MERP in Miami. I will be matriculating into the medical school in just a few short weeks! 🙂 Your blog has been absolutely indispensable in my preparations for the island.

    I’m currently trying to figure out what to pack into my barrel. I’d been told by several people that bringing Costco sized packages of toilet paper and paper towels is crucial. With the opening of this beautiful new IGA (I never thought I’d be so ecstatic about a grocery store…haha!), do you think it’ll be necessary to ship such items?

    Thanks again!

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