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McDonald’s Invests $10M In Two New Restaurants

McDonald’s Fiji has revealed to expand their business plans with two more restaurants with an investment of over $10 million. The new sites earmarked are Nakasi outside Suva and one
22 Mar 2017 11:00
McDonald’s Invests $10M In Two New Restaurants
Bakels Sales and Technical manager Phil Henry with the award, McDonald’s Restaurant (NZ) Limited Quality Assurance Manager Australia and New Zealand Roberto Coetzee, Marc McElrath at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

McDonald’s Fiji has revealed to expand their business plans with two more restaurants with an investment of over $10 million.

The new sites earmarked are Nakasi outside Suva and one in Nadi, with the project to commence early 2018.

McDonald’s Fiji Owner/Operator Marc McElrath said, “McDonald’s Fiji is growing. We are looking at two new restaurants in Nakasi and Nadi at the moment.

“Those two new restaurants are being worked on right now. We are in the early stages of the real estate work, once we finalise the real estate part of it then will make the announcement but not sure which one will start first.”

“The project should begin early 2018. The two new restaurants  are worth over $10 million and more importantly provide at least another 250 jobs.”

 

Nadi restaurant upgrade worth $2million

Mr McElrath also revealed that his team is in the final stages of completing the designing work for a $2million upgrade at the existing McDonald’s in Martintar, Nadi. “This will see a dual lane drive thru, McCafe, new restaurant exterior. It will look better than the Lautoka restaurant, with the latest design,” he said.

McDonald’s restaurants are also at Lautoka and Suva city and Laucala Bay. This is scheduled to commence in the middle of this year, June or July.

Supplier Appreciation Day

McDonald’s Fiji hosted its Inaugural Supplier Appreciation Day conference at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday.

McDonald’s Restaurant (NZ) Limited Quality Assurance Manager Australia and New Zealand Roberto Coetzee said, “Today’s event is really to show appreciation to all our suppliers.

“The corporation (McDonald’s company), franchisee model (Marc is part of) and the suppliers. In order to make the McDonald’s system function properly,” Mr Coetzee said.

“Today we wanted to recognise our suppliers in Fiji that support McDonald’s Fiji operations. What they have done over the years. We want to show our appreciation to them as some of have gone to great lengths to support McDonald’s locally and supply and service our customers as well.

“McDonald’s is global brand and part of that brand we have to maintain certain standards when selling food to customers. It is important that we sell safe and quality food. The food safety standard which is the supplier food management system standard that McDonald’s has for many years. This assists suppliers and the whole system to ensure that we provide safe food in every country.”

Mr McElrath added: “Whilst we see growth at the front of business with our restaurant we should ensure that we are at the back end of our business as well. For example our suppliers and business network that support the restaurant,” he said.

He highlighted there are about 16 local suppliers who range from freight, food, and to packaging.

“All this suppliers are Fiji companies and if we can approve more local suppliers into our system, the better. We can spend more money in Fiji and not having to rely on overseas.”

 

Chance for local companies to export

Mr McElrath also advised the local suppliers there are opportunities to export their produce and services to other islands countries such as New Caledonia, Samoa and Tahiti, where McDonald’s operate.

“If we can get local suppliers to rise to the standard that is required by McDonald’s and get them to be approved supplier. This gives others the opportunity to be the supplier around the Pacific.

“Obviously there is McDonald’s in parts of the Pacific Islands countries. Our local supplier here having the right accreditation can tap into those countries to give them business.”

Meanwhile, Bakels Fiji Limited was named the overall the 2016 supplier while Blue Gas scooped the new 2016 supplier award.

Other suppliers include CJ Patel, Rooster Poultry, Goodman Fielder, Motibhai, Punjas, Ram Sami, Joe’s Farm, Tappoos, KBL Papers, Carpenters Shipping, Coca-Cola and Turners and Growers received certificate of appreciation.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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