Kenya: Java House Announces $500,000 Investment in New Outlet

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East Africa’s leading coffee-led, all-day casual dining chain, Java House has announced plans to set up a new restaurant in Machakos County, bringing to 56 its total number of branches spread across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

This follows June 2017’s reports that Dubai-based emerging markets investor the Abraaj Group would acquire full ownership of Java House Group for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) and the company’s founder and chairman Kevin Ashley.

Java House also operates commercial coffee roasteries that provide quality coffee and bean sales to its own stores and to supermarkets, hotels, restaurants and wholesale buyers.

It serves more than 320, 000 guest checks monthly, offering 25 different food and drinks categories and employs 2, 000 people.

The Java House Group which also owns the flagship brands Planet Yogurt, a frozen yogurt chain and the Italian pizzeria concept 360 Degrees Artisan Pizza, will invest $500, 000 in the new outlet at the Crystal Rivers Mall in Athi River.

Java House CEO Ken Kuguru said the location was picked for its ideal position on Mombasa Road between Nairobi and Machakos Counties which is next to a rapidly expanding residential and commercial area.

The 2, 899 square feet Java Crystal Rivers Mall restaurant will be opened in December 2017, the scheduled opening of the Mall.

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