Heavy rainfall during this hurricane season has resulted in a setback that will now see Chefette’s 15th outlet opening next year rather than in time for Christmas.
Managing Director Ryan Haloute told Barbados TODAY, “In addition to the regular construction challenges one faces with a project of this large magnitude, the main setback we have had with the opening of our new Welches, St. Thomas location has been due to the very inclement weather and heavy rainfall we have experienced thus far for the season.”
The company yesterday announced a March 2014 opening date that was later than the previously advertised December 2013 launch. On its Facebook page, it also provided pictures of the progress on the project to date.
During a May press conference, both Haloute and his father, the Executive Chairman, Assad Haloute, had noted that they would open a new branch in St. Thomas this year despite the economic downturn.
This evening Haloute confirmed that they were still progressing with the outlet which would employ 50 new full-time staff, bringing the company’s overall complement to 800.
“Chefette is a household brand in Barbados that is local and we will continue to expand and further invest in our local economy at a time when it is most critically needed. We have the confidence in our local economy and want to chart the path for other businesses to follow,” said Haloute, when asked how the company could continue to expand when others were experiencing cut-backs. (LB)