Restaurants of Jamaica lauded for contributing to economic growthMonday, April 08, 2019
Restaurants of Jamaica (RoJ) opened its Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Harbour View on Saturday, and received praise from St Andrew East Rural Member of Parliament Juliet Holness for contributing to the country's economic growth.
“I must commend the team for their commitment to quality restaurant operations in Jamaica. I am encouraged to have more businesses in the constituency [as this] provides more employment. The number of locations you have expanded to throughout Jamaica has significantly contributed to what we find important...growing Jamaica,” Holness said.
The Harbour View restaurant is KFC's 37th in the island
Holness, who noted that the KFC franchise's long history in Jamaica started 44 years ago with the first restaurant at 70 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, commended the company for maintaining its “finger-lickin' good” quality.
“They have done so while responding positively to the numerous projects and goodwill, and have aided in the betterment of our country,” she said.
Restaurants of Jamaica Managing Director Mark Myers said the company also plans to further expand its Pizza Hut franchise.
He pointed out that the company continues to increase its support for local farmers by using their produce in each restaurant.
“This investment marks our steadfast belief in Jamaica as an excellent place to do business. We continue to be in growth mode, as we expand our business and locations to create more employment opportunities and build deeper ties to the communities we serve,” he said.
The opening of KFC Harbour View represents an investment of approximately $200 million, and brings the total number of restaurants operated by the RoJ group to 48.
Its opening has created 55 new jobs for individuals from the surrounding communities, which brings the total number of Jamaicans employed across the RoJ group to over 2,000.
The Harbour View location is the second of four KFC restaurants being opened as part of the company's Vision 2020 expansion plans, following the Falmouth branch's opening last December.
Ground has already been broken for the third restaurant, which will be located in May Pen, Clarendon.
In addition to serving customers from Harbour View and surrounding communities, Myers anticipates that the new restaurant will appeal to overseas travellers, given its proximity to the Norman Manley International Airport.