The iconic staircase connecting Bay Street to Paceville, the St. Rita steps, has received a much-needed restoration thanks to Hugo’s Group Malta.
As part of their CSR contributions, Hugo’s Group Malta provided the financing towards the maintenance and refurbishment effort – and speaking to Lovin Malta, CEO of Hugo’s Group Malta, Luke Chetcuti explained how “this project has been in the making for quite some time”.
“Due to the hordes of people who frequently make use of the stairs, I had been reluctant to move ahead with it. However, the ongoing Covid-19 preventive measures which are restricting both local and international trade, presented us with the perfect opportunity to begin restorations.”
The St. Rita steps are well-known for the hordes of people that frequently make use of the stairs, which allows for the most direct route between Paceville and Pembroke and the St George’s Bay area.
Over the years, it has become run down from the foot traffic – with potholes and uneven paving forming, as well as tending to be badly lit at night.
The St Julian’s Local Council thanked the company for their contribution to the locality.
Chetcuti noted that more than ever Hugo’s Malta Group have focused their energy on “safeguarding the health and safety of our own clientele”.
However, with this restoration, they have extended that effort towards the health and safety of the general public as well.
“It’s been a huge undertaking, as it involved a lot of manpower, planning and expenses, but I believe it’s been well worth it” Chetcuti explained, citing the derelict state of the St. Rita stairs before the restoration, adding that “we always believe that Paceville is a destination and this upgrade helps give a better product to all businesses in the area”.
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