Brighton Gumbo Business Reporter
INNSCOR’S fast foods division, Simbisa Brands, has deferred opening of its Bulawayo Chicken Inn drive through facility to end of this month.
Innscor managing director, Warren Meares, said the new outlet, which was scheduled for opening last month, would now be operational come end of January.
He said construction work on site, near the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) Grounds, has been completed with a few technicalities being looked into by experts from South Africa.
“Equipment has arrived from South Africa and America, we’re just waiting for technicians from South Africa to do the installation,” said Meares.
“We expect the official launch later this month, either on the 24th or 25th but sometime around then.”
Simbisa brands invested close to $900,000 in setting up the Chicken Inn drive-through service in the city.
The retail outlet will be located on the outskirts of the central business district near the ZITF Grounds.
The drive-through business model, a convenient way of placing orders, paying for and receiving food without disembarking from your vehicle, would be the first of its kind in Bulawayo.
The venture falls under the quick service food division, which owns outlets such as Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Bakers Inn, Fish Inn, Nandos, Steers and Creamy Inn.
The division has an estimated workforce of 2,250 across the country.
Innscor has branches in Bulawayo, Harare, Mvuma, Gweru, Victoria Falls and Chiredzi among other places.
The conglomerate opened its first quick service restaurant business, Chicken Inn outlet in the country in 1987.
Since then, the quick service restaurant business has expanded to 170 outlets in Zimbabwe and 209 outlets in the region through the addition of new brands and the franchising of existing brands through third-party licences.
In 1998, Innscor listed on the ZSE, utilising the quick service restaurant business to spread its footprint into Africa as a diversified Pan-African operation.
In the process quick service restaurants were opened in Zambia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana, Mauritius, Swaziland and Lesotho.