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Gloria Jean’s Set To Delight Lautoka

Gloria Jean’s Coffees lovers in the Western division no longer have to travel to Suva for its glorious coffees. The well established and famous Australian coffee house officially opened for
02 Apr 2017 08:50
Gloria Jean’s Set To Delight Lautoka
From left: Dr. Virgilio De Asa Jr, Dr Alvin De Asa, the Master Franchise, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, marketing and development, Ariel De Asa with their father, Dr Virgilio De Asa, Minister for Local Government, Rural Development, Housing and Environment, Parveen Bala,Tappoo Group Executive Chairperson, Kanti Tappoo,and executive director for Tappoo Group, Mahendra Tappoo at TappooCity Lautoka Complex Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlet at ground floor yesterday.. Photo: Arishma Devi- Narayan.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees lovers in the Western division no longer have to travel to Suva for its glorious coffees.

The well established and famous Australian coffee house officially opened for business at the TappooCity Lautoka complex yesterday.

Two coffee house were officially commissioned by the Minister for Local Government,  Rural  Development, Housing and  Environment, Parveen Kumar Bala.

One at the ground floor and the other next to the Life Cinema on the second floor.

The Master Franchise holder, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, marketing and development, Ariel De Asa, said he was happy to introduce the most loved and talked about coffee house of Suva in Lautoka.

“We are glad that we were able to secure two outlets here and we are now looking forward for not only people of Lautoka but the Western crowd to come and enjoy the menu at the coffee house,” Mr De Asa said.

Mr De Asa also said at least 22 people were to be hired for this new investment.

“This is a significant investment and we also have created job opportunities for the people,” he said.

As Mr Bala took a tour of the newly build complex, he said he was honoured to be part of the Gloria Jean’s opened yesterday and it was indeed a right decision to approve this investment in Lautoka.

“I remember when I was special administrator at Lautoka at the time when I approved this project there were handful of people who said that I sold Lautoka,” Mr Bala stated.

“In fact there was nothing to sell but now after investment people have realised how important this was for Lautoka city,” he said.

Here we have now a modern shopping centre, new cinema, creation of employment and whole lot of new brands introduced in the city, he added.

“These kinds of investments are very important.  People need to have vision get out of that box and think bigger the investment done.”

Moreover, Mr Bala said Tappoo group had come in with a better proposal in terms of partnership with Lautoka City Counil.

Currently, five corporate booth at the cost of Tappoo Group are being made at level two of the complex right adjacent to Churchill Park.

These booths could be specifically hired at an event of games to be watched from inside upon completion.

Also, Mr Bala said, Tappoo Group had made the front gate or the park as per the proposal.

This also included developing parking spaces which is also currently underway.

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