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Jones the Grocer to expand operations into Saudi Arabia

Australian brand has signed deal with Naif Alrajhi Investment

Jones the Grocer to expand operations into Saudi Arabia

Australian food retailer and café Jones the Grocer has signed a deal with Naif Alrajhi Investment to expand into Saudi Arabia.

The first Jones the Grocer flagship store will be situated on the ground floor of Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences in Riyadh.

The site will feature gourmet grocery retail, a halal charcuterie, a bakery and patisserie and Jones the Grocer’s hallmark artisan cheese-room.

Yunib Siddiqui, chief executive officer of Jones the Grocer, said: “We’ve come a long way since our first ever store in Sydney, Australia 22 years ago and our first opening in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi in 2009. We’re thrilled to be working with Naif Alrajhi Investment and look forward to building incredibly successful stores with their team across Saudi Arabia over the next few years.”

As well as the traditional Jones the Grocer stores, the rollout across the kingdom will also include the Grocer Express, a compact gourmet ‘grab and go’ offer tailored for high traffic travel and commercial hubs.

Naif Saleh Alrajhi, chairman and CEO of Naif Alrajhi Investment, said: "We are confident that Jones the Grocer will become a competitive dining destination due to the constant demand for quality and unique restaurants in Saudi Arabia.”

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