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'King' in the city

Filipe Naigulevu
Saturday, November 11, 2017

THE "King" is now in Suva.

Burger lovers in the Capital City will be able get a taste of Burger King after the international franchise officially opens its doors in Suva on Monday.

The rapidly growing global hamburger chain, which comes under local parent company — Motibhai Group, has expanded its Fiji operations by establishing its fourth outlet and also the first in the Central Division in Suva.

The $2 million Suva Burger King restaurant, which had a soft opening yesterday along Edward St, with invited guests and the media, is set to mesmerise its customers with its mouth-watering menu.

The soft opening was also a special one as it was launched by the children of Saint Christopher's Home who also unveiled a memorable plaque.

The new restaurant has a modern stylish look which features an airconditioned eating space and a conjoined outdoor space.

The eatery gained traction after it started its operations in Fiji with its first outlet at the Nadi International Airport departures lounge in 2015.

According to Burger King chairman Kirit Patel, the company had been inundated with requests from people in Suva to open a Burger King restaurant in the Capital City.

"We're happy to open this first Burger King outlet in the capital City and we are quite happy to serve the people of Suva and Fiji," Mr Patel said.

"Since opening the first Burger King restaurant in Nadi, we were inundated with the requests from people of Suva to open a Burger King restaurant in Suva and that time has now finally come.

"This is also a good opportunity for us to tell the people that this is just one of the Burger King outlets in Suva and there are few more locations that will be opening up by next year."

Mr Patel said plans were now in place to expand more Burger King restaurants in Fiji over the next few years.

This includes the state-of-the-art Burger King restaurant with drive-through in Nakasi — Fiji's most populous and fastest growing suburb within the next six months or so.

"We are overwhelmed with the response we have been receiving from the community in the Western Division and there is no doubt we will get similar support from our patrons in the Central Division," Mr Patel said.

"The burgeoning suburb of Nakasi is an obvious choice for our Burger King outlet and that too with modern facilities."

Burger King general manager Akash Narsey said a total of 60 people had benefited with employment opportunities from this new outlet in the heart of Suva City.

"We have invested close to $2m in this new outlet and with other investments planned for our Nakasi outlet, we expect our total investment in the central division to be close to $5m within the next six-months," Mr Narsey said.

The newest outlet has an outdoor eating facility and children's play centre.

Meanwhile, the Motibhai Group yesterday handed over more than $2000 cheques each in donation to the St Christopher's Home and the Fiji Society for the Blind.

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