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New supermarket for the people

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, November 24, 2012

BOBBY Khan's investment of $3 million into the Votualevu shopping complex in Nadi is the first of many more developments to come.

The Fijian businessman, who left our shores with his family 22 years ago in the aftermath of the 1987 coup, has promised to establish a resort and much needed modern hospital in the jet set Town in the near future.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama lauded Mr Khan's return to his country of birth and for having the confidence to invest in the development of the Western Division and contributing to national growth and the economy.

He said the establishment of the complex which houses a supermarket, 12 shops and offices and a vegetable market for fresh produce which can accommodate up to 14 vendors would benefit the heavily populated area with its growing demand for goods and services and employment opportunities.

"The jobs being created here are jobs for ordinary people. People whose earnings filter back into their communities and strengthen the general economic base," he said at the opening of the centre on November 8 this year.

Mr Khan revealed that his decision to return to Fiji was because of government's multiple nationality policy and the significant reduction in bureaucracy and tax incentives in regards to setting up business in the country.

"I applaud the prime minister and his government for making it easier to do business in Fiji. I intend to construct a resort at Sonaisali and also a private hospital and a retirement village in the future. Construction on the resort and an associated land development where people can purchase property should begin next year," he said.

Since his return to the country, Mr Khan has employed more than 200 people in the construction and establishment of the Votualevu shopping complex and more are expected to be employed in the building of the resort and 70 people will gain jobs once the resort is completed.


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