Roadtown Wholesale,which was founded by Mr. Peter Haycraft, had its humble beginning in April 1961 in rented premises behind Little Denmark on the water’s edge. Agencies for certain food products such as Pet Milk were obtained, imported and sold mainly to retail stores and shops. ST. Thomas in those days was the port of entry for all goods coming into the BVI.
In 1963, the company bought a small cargo vessel named M/V Kilros in the UK, sailed it across the Atlantic and commenced its own cargo operations between St. Thomas and Road Town. In 1964 M/V Kilros commenced a service as a floating store on Fridays to Virgin Gorda.
The company later rented property ashore there. The need for more space consistently caused the company to move from one rented location to another, especially after having ventured into the retail side of the business. In 1970, the company built its first warehouse at Pasea Estate, which now serves as Warehouse #1 and houses the Cash & Carry.
The company prior to 1975 was incorporated as Roadtown Wholesale Co. Ltd. However in 1975 another company O’Neal and Mundy Trading Co. Ltd. merged with Roadtown Wholesale Co. Ltd. The existing office, warehouses and original supermarket now Rite Way Food market at Pasea Estate came under the control of the new company. Since 1975, the company has enhanced its facilities and has consolidated both its wholesale and retail operations and remains the largest importer and retailer of food, liquor, cigarettes and other products in the BVI.