Richie B making business strides
After 28 years of unbroken service to the media and entertainment landscape, Richard 'Richie B' Burgess, a name well known by Jamaicans far and wide, has now made a huge foray into entrepreneurship.
Though mainly known for his distinct voice and fun personality, Burgess also made his name as an astute businessman. In fact, during his years as a broadcaster, he has ventured into related areas, such as booking agent, artiste manager, promoter, entertainment consultant, even dabbling in record production and setting up of his own distribution company.
Richie B also gained popularity as the dealer of a petrol station located at Mary Brown's Corner. He ran that business successfully for 10 years, so much so that it has become a landmark, and is still referred to as Richie B's Texaco, some nine years after he sold that facility.
Consequently, he has been operating Richie B's Liquor Centre & Gift Shop - since the 25th of April this year, and is learning and growing as an entrepreneur each day. "I didn't set out in search of this type of business. I'm basically capitalising on an opportunity that presented itself, and it just happens to be in an area where I've had success in business before, so it was a no-brainer," he explains.
Additionally, Richie B has received tremendous support from the media, entertainment and sports industries with which he worked very closely during his 28-year media stint. Now eyeing success, Burgess is staging a massive two-day grand opening celebration today and tomorrow.
Customers will benefit from 'super deals' and discounts, giveaways, product sampling, exciting contests, live performances by popular entertainers, and two live outside broadcasts IRIE FM on Friday and KOOL 97FM on Saturday.