UAE's Just Falafel announces expansion plan in Kuwait

Street food retailer says it is opening outlet in Eigaila with plans to open seven further shops in Gulf state
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 22 Aug 2014 01:45 AM

Just Falafel, the UAE-based street food retailer, has announced plans to expand its footprint in Kuwait.

The company's second restaurant will be located in the Gate Mall, Eigaila as part of plans to open a further seven outlets in the Gulf state.

The expansion announcement comes just days after Just Falafel announced CEO Fadi Malas had left the company and the day-to-day running of its operations was being taken over by founding partner and managing director Mohammed Bitar.

Set up in 2007, Just Falafel has quickly spread outside the UAE, with franchises across the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas.

Mike Biggins, chief operating officer of Just Falafel, said: "Having lived in Kuwait I am especially proud to be expanding in this country. I am confident that consumers will embrace this new location and our delicious food."

Globally, the group plans to roll out over 700 restaurants in 18 countries over the next few years.

Earlier this month, Just Falafel said that it is expanding its reach in Egypt by launching in the upmarket resort of Marassi, with 85 more outlets planned over the next few years.

The global roll out will see up to 44 more restaurants open this year as Just Falafel increases its presence in key markets such as the US, Canada, Australia and India.

The group said it has sold over 20 million falafels and is set to increase this significantly over the coming months.

Last month Just Falafel said it will increase its presence in Oman with a deal to open 10 new outlets and plans to enter the Indian market.

Just Falafel also announced it has expanded in Australia by opening its doors in the country's largest railway station in Sydney.

In June, Just Falafel also announced the signing of a deal to roll out 10 new stores in Texas, as part of its aggressive expansion plans in the United States.

The expansion will see restaurants opening initially in Houston, followed by further stores in Austin.

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