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Big Square launches another outlet in Nairobi

The  Big Square, a restaurant retail chain on Friday expanded their programme by launching its 12th outlet at  Shell  Service  Station Mountain  View.

The  new outlet cost Sh.45 million which is part of the restaurant’s chain plan to bring an outlet closer to more people in Nairobi.

According  to  Interstrat Limited Managing Director, McKinlay Sebastian, the outlet occupies 4000sq.ft with a seating capacity of 150 customers and will be creating 60 job opportunities.

The restaurant chain has now opened 12 outlets since it began its operations in 2012 and in the last nine months, Big Square has opened five new outlets with two in the Nairobi CBD, one at Two Rivers Mall, one in Mombasa and now at Mountain View, he explained.

“We  will continue to look out for strategic new locations in Nairobi and across the country to meet growing demands of the city population, McKinley said.

Addressing  the press on the Big Squares strategic expansion programme and the launch of the new outlet, the Managing Director said that an increasingly globalized environment and Kenya’s growing population and economy is fueling demand for new retail formats that meet customers preferences and aspirations.

He further stated that they are deliberately forging partnerships such as Vivo Energy Kenya and Big Square to have all their outlets at Shell  Service Stations.

“We  are committed to ensuring that all Kenyans make big square their square,” he said noting that through shell, they will be able to create growth and at the same time memorable experiences for their customers through great food and great service.

The  Head  of Convenience Retail, Vivo  Energy Kenya, Millicent  Ndirangu said that its partnership is timely and significant to the companies’ customers as it will enable the diversification of retail services and ensure customers from both companies get added value.

‘’Vivo  Energy Kenya  is  committed to entering strategic partnership that meet the ever – changing needs of their customers. We are keen on  being part of the everyday life of our customers  who are always on the go to consume products and services in their most convenient and  stress freeway,” Ms. Ndirangu said

She added that they will continue to partner with companies such as Big Square so that they deliver value to their customers.

Shareholding  of  Big Square is a combination of local and foreign investors, including Uqalo a South African-based private equity fund that  invested Sh.400 million into the restaurant chain last year.

The  capital injection by Uqalo aimed at achieving the group’s plan of operating 20 outlets within the next three years. Uqalo which targets investments located in East  Africa is primarily funded by Hong Kong-based supply chain on logistics Conglomerate Fung Group.

By  Nancy  Marende/Hillary  Wangila

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