KINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): State Minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry, Hon. Julian Robinson, says the opening of the latest branch in the Popeyes restaurant franchise represents confidence in the growing economy.
“Any new business in this economic environment is important. Popeyes employs about 20 persons and that is 20 new jobs in an economy, which is critical to (its) overall growth and development,” the State Minister said.
Mr. Robinson was speaking at the restaurant’s official opening at the Cross Roads Shopping Centre, in Kingston, on February 16.
The State Minister, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, the area in which the restaurant is located, hailed the effort of its staff in incorporating locally sourced ingredients in meals.
This, he said, is critical as it further enables growth and development of the local economy. Mr. Robinson wished the business continued success and longevity.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Restaurant Associates Limited, Richard Lake, said three more Popeyes are scheduled to be opened across the island by the end of the year. Restaurant Associates are the owners of both Burger King and Popeyes.
Mr. Lake also told those in attendance that the business was opened on time and within budget.
Following the opening, the State Minister, the CEO and other stakeholders toured the facility.