Michael Magoronga, Midlands Correspondent
Fast-food service provider, Solomon’s Café, has embarked on an expansion drive targeting opening more branches across the country.
With two branches in Kwekwe and Willowvale in Harare, the young business is set to open two more branches in Gutu, Masvingo province and another in Beitbridge.
Construction of the Gutu branch is at advanced stages of completion with business earmarked for opening by end of March while the Beitbridge branch is set for opening in May.
The Gutu Solomon’s Highway Café is already undergoing renovations paving way for official opening.
Owned by prominent Kwekwe businessman, Dr Solomon Matsa, trading under King Solomon’s brand, the empire has interests in tourism, energy and transport, among other business ventures.
Project manager, Mr Shepherd Mupfudza, said the Gutu branch will have other facilities that are convenient for highway travellers.
“Besides the Solomon’s Café, which has become our trademark, we will also have a convenient shop as well as a fast-food outlet, Solomons’ Chicken and Pizza, as well as a Solomon’s VIP Café as we try to bring all the services to people who will be travelling long distances,” he said.
Mr Mupfudza said the branch will be located at Gutu, Mupandawana where roads to Chiredzi, Harare, Gweru and Masvingo connect.
“This is a strategic place for us as we will be there to serve almost everyone from every direction. We want to offer the best service to our travellers,” he said.
“After completing the Gutu branch, we look forward to start working on the Beitbridge branch that we earmark to open before the end of May if all goes according to plan.”
Since joining the hospitality industry after acquiring King Solomons’ Hotel in Kwekwe formerly known as Golden Mile, Dr Matsa has made significant contributions towards the hospitality industry in Zimbabwe.
Renovations carried out at the hotel saw rooms being revamped into state-of-the-art facilities and increased from just above 20 rooms to 55.
Dr Matsa said he has prospects to invest in Binga through construction of a hotel and other hospitality facilities.