INNSCOR’S fast foods division, Simbisa Brands, will open four more shops before year-end, bringing the number of its outlets to 200, as it continues to expand throughout in the country.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
Innscor managing director, Warren Meares yesterday said the outlets will be opened in Bulawayo, Harare, Bindura and Gweru.
In Bulawayo, the group is setting up a Chicken Inn drive-through service on the outskirts of the central business district along Matopos Road near the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) exhibition centre.The shop is currently under construction and will be opened in the second week of December.
“By December, we would have opened 200 stores countywide in Bulawayo, Bindura, Harare and Gweru. Currently, we have 196 shops,” Meares said.
He said the drive-through business model — a convenient way of placing orders, paying and receiving food without disembarking from your vehicle — would be the first of its kind in the City of Kings.
Meares said the company invested over $500 000 in the business.
He said the shop, currently between 50 and 70% complete, will be open 24/7 during the festive period for the convenience of Bulawayo residents.
Meares said the shop has vast parking space for customers as well as video gaming facilities, among other services.
The venture falls under Simbisa, which runs Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Bakers Inn, Fish Inn, Nandos, Steers and Creamy Inn.
Innscor has branches in Bulawayo, Harare, Mvuma, Gweru, Victoria Falls and Chiredzi, among other places.
The project, according to Meares, is part of the $3 million that was set aside by Innscor earlier this year for investment through its expansion project which is expected to create 150 new jobs.
Recently, Innscor unbundled its food service business, Simbisa Brands, and moved to list it separately on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange to promote investment flexibility in the stand-alone entity.