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KFC employs 55 Trelawny residents with new franchise

Plans four more locations by June 2019

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Operator of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) has opened its 36th KFC location on Market Street in Falmouth, Trelawny.

The grand opening of the first KFC in the parish on Saturday marks the first of five additional restaurants KFC will open across Jamaica next year.

Located at Shop 20 Champion Plaza, Falmouth, ROJ has already employed 55 individuals from the surrounding communities with the new KFC operation. The roll-out of the four additional franchises next year will further reinforce the company's commitment to providing jobs for Jamaicans, thereby increasing its current staff complement of over 2000 individuals 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. 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 islandwide.” Managing Director Mark Myers said in a press release yesterday.

According to Myers, the requests from residents, in addition to the growth of the western end of the island over the past years, required the company to put the parish at the top of its agenda.

“We've heard Falmouth's call over the years and we have responded with a new location. No more will the communities of Trelawny have to travel to Montego Bay in order to consume their favourite 'Finger Lickin' Good' food, he said.

KFC Falmouth targets residents living in the vicinity, but Myers anticipates that growth will also come from the positive economic activities in the western end of the island. Presently, there is rapid growth in the BPO sector, the hospitality and community tourism industry, as well as construction activities in the parish.

In October, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett tounted the parish of Trelawny as an upcoming key player in the tourism sector. According to Minister Bartlett, the parish has attracted major hotel developments in recent years, with plans for some 6,000 additional rooms along the corridor from Rio Bueno to Falmouth.

Trelawny is said to have some of the finest infrastructure to support Jamaica's tourism, including the leading cruise port, rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River, cultural excursions into Maroon history, exploration of the Windsor Caves, the adventures of Chukka Caribbean at Good Hope, and the recently opened Oyster Bay Hotel.

“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,” Myers said.

Currently ROJ has eight KFC and Pizza Hut locations in the west between Montego Bay, Savanna-la-Mar and now Falmouth. ROJ was officially opened on June 18, 1975 when the Myers family launched the first KFC restaurant at 170 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, on license from Hueblein International. Across the Latin America and Caribbean region, KFC has operations in 40 markets.

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