New restaurant opens at Save Hyper

2012-12-06 00:00

NATIONAL restaurant brand Nino’s has opened a new outlet in Pietermaritzburg, in Save Hyper’s flagship store.

The move illustrates the continued strength of the retail sector in the city. It also comes just over a year after the completion of a major revamp of the flagship store, located in the CBD.

Executive director of Save Hyper Mohamed Noorgat told The Witness that the new restaurant employed about 30 people.

The hyper employs about 500 people.

He said the 60-seat venue fitted in well and that it completed the hyper’s offerings.

“Nino’s is a well established brand that specialises in breakfast and lunch. They have good quality standards in their operations and provide value meals to the customer. In terms of atmosphere, the brand has fitted nicely with the ambience and has helped to improve standards.”

While consumers remain under the cosh in the build-up to the festive season, the retail sector continues to show acceptable growth at a national and local level.

Noorgat said the revamped flagship store had received a positive reaction from consumers in the past year and that the future of the store was bright.

“We are constantly trying to improve the business and our service levels to the customer. We are working hard at becoming the shopping destination of choice in PMB. We are very positive about business in PMB, and see the possibility of huge growth.”

Some statistics on the flagship store, in terms of sales of selected items over the past year:

• TVs: 7 000 sold in the past year;

• Cooking oil: 1,5 million litres;

• Potatoes: 102 000 bags (10kg);

• Milk: half-a-million litres;

• Milk tarts: 34 000

• Hot wings: 6 000 kg.

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