By Andy Sambidge
Company plans to franchise Zoom convenience stores, Pronto coffee shops in growth bid
Enoc Retail Systems Holding, the retail division of Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), plans to franchise its Zoom convenience-stores and Pronto, a fresh food and gourmet coffee concept.
Zoom, which operates six stores at Dubai Metro stations, is looking to expand to 28 stores in total, Enoc said in a statement on Monday.
The convenience store brand, which is currently also present in eight stores within the Enoc/EPPCO network, is set to expand both as stand alone stores and at more Enoc/EPPCO service stations, it added.
Pronto, established in 2008, currently operates 21 outlets within Enoc/EPPCO service stations.
Burhan Al Hashemi, managing director of Enoc Retail, said that expansion plans were part of a long term strategy to establish Zoom and Pronto as premier retail providers across the Middle East.
"Enoc Retail has proven its competencies in a short span of time. We are now open to share our expertise by franchising the successful retail concepts and reach out to a wider audience in the Middle East," added Al Hashemi.
Enoc/EPPCO is the pioneer of convenience store retailing in the UAE, introducing mini marts in 1988 in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Currently, Enoc Retail employs more than 4,500 frontline staff, meeting the needs of over 600,000 customers a week.
Enoc Retail operates a network of 170 Enoc and EPPCO service stations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
That's very good news as now we will have good shopping experience at ENOC petrol station as well & we will not have to search for any particular station who is offering best shopping environment at C Store
this is excellent for ENOC. thumbs up. i am interested in the franchise. can anybody tell me how do I get to contact Enoc retail for this?