Bas Vreugdenhil of cafe ‘t Peerdt had wanted to slow down. He’s worked in the hospitality industry for over fifty years, but successive lockdowns saw his retirement get pushed away further and further. “We were finally doing well again,” he says. “But now we have to close earlier and check QR-codes while only a small percentage of infections can be traced back to our industry.” He’s lost all ideas on how to continue.
The oldest supermarket of Curaçao is 90 years old. Vreugdenhil opened its doors in 1931 at the Ruyterkade in Willemstad. It was the first to have a shop without a counter. Frans Vreugdenhil (D IX m) was the founder who arrived on Curaçao by ship in the twenties of the last century as captain of the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company. He met his wife there and decided to stay.