Monday 9 December, 2019

KFC opens in Falmouth, eyes other areas

Industry Minister Audley Shaw (left center) participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the KFC Store opening in Falmouth. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Custos of Trelawny, Harold Paul Arnold Muschett, MP for Northern Trelawny,Victor Wright Jr., Managing Director of Restaurants of Jamaica, Mark Myers, Falmouth Mayor Colin Gager and Marketing Director for Restaurants of Jamaica,Tina Matalon.

Industry Minister Audley Shaw (left center) participates in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the KFC Store opening in Falmouth. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Custos of Trelawny, Harold Paul Arnold Muschett, MP for Northern Trelawny,Victor Wright Jr., Managing Director of Restaurants of Jamaica, Mark Myers, Falmouth Mayor Colin Gager and Marketing Director for Restaurants of Jamaica,Tina Matalon.

KFC Jamaica opened its 36th location last Saturday on Market Street in Falmouth, Trelawny.

The new KFC location will bring over 50 job opportunities to the surrounding communities of Falmouth, and a total of 2,000 jobs to the national employment numbers, operators of KFC, Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) said in a release.

“We’ve heard Falmouth’s call over the years and we have responded with a new location,” said Mark Myers, Managing Director for Restaurants of Jamaica.

“No more will the communities of Trelawny have to travel to Montego Bay in order to consume their favourite ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ food. “Falmouth, we reach!”, said Myers told those gathered at the grand opening.

Myers also revealed plans to launch more outlets across the island.

“We expect to see four additional stores opening within the next six months in Kingston and other parishes to follow very shortly after,” Myers said.

He added: “Our research shows that the people of Jamaica are calling for more of our products to be more available to them and so we are answering that call with strategic locations openings island-wide.”

Falmouth Residents eagerly awaiting the opening of the new KFC location

ROJ currently has eight KFC and Pizza Hut locations in the west between Montego Bay, Savanna La Mar and now Falmouth.

Myer’s expressed that the company expects growth to continue for its operations in western Jamaica operations, led by the fact that the west is growing rapidly by all economic indicators.

Presently there is rapid growth in the BPO sector, and the area has a growing hospitality and community tourism industry and significant construction growth happening, ROJ said.

“This is a phenomenal time for the people living and doing business in Western Jamaica and we are glad to play our part as well,” it added.

In addition to job creation, ROJ has committed to supporting the Trelawny Municipal Corporation and parish council. Prior to the opening, KFC supported the Falmouth Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Mayor’s treat for the elderly and children living in the community.

ROJ said it is dedicated to building synergies with stakeholders across the Western coast.

“We are actively seeking more opportunities to contribute to the development of Falmouth - the parish council recently told us of a feeding programme for homeless individuals in the area and we have already begun talks to see how we can play a role in taking care of this displaced community of people,” said Myers.

Present at the grand opening in Falmouth were Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw, Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gaber and Northern Trelawny MP Victor Green -  all of whom participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting and a tour of the new location at Shop 20, Champion Plaza.

Shaw in his opening remarks praised ROJ for its significant contribution to the island.

“I must commend Restaurants of Jamaica for the overall growth of the food chain and for its contribution to nation building over the years through employment, strategic partnerships and the company’s impressive response to corporate social responsibility,” said  Shaw.

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