Retail giant LuLu International Group’s F&B arm Tablez Food Company (TFC) has announced plans to invest Dhs55 million in expanding South African restaurant chain Galito’s in the UAE as part of a franchise agreement.
Galito’s, a casual dining restaurant chain specialising in flame-grilled chicken, has operations in Africa and Canada and is plotting international expansion as part of plans to become a global brand.
The franchise agreement mandates Tablez Food Company (TFC) to develop the Galito’s brand across the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka.
TFC said it expects to launch the first UAE Galito’s restaurant in Q4 2014 and plans to invest Dhs55 million in a total on 15 outlets in the country over the next four years.
“Tablez Food Company is continuously seeking to expand its portfolio by introducing world-class F&B brands that cater to the region’s diverse culinary preferences. Our choice of partners is backed by a profound understanding of customer preferences, and we are confident that Galito’s, an exceptional brand known for its healthy and delicious food options, will find a high uptake in the region,” said Shafeena Yusuff Ali, CEO, Tablez Food Company.
TFC also plans to invest $10 million to launch 10 outlets in India within the next five years.
Louis Germishuys, CEO – Galito’s, said: “We are excited to partner with Tablez Food Company, which has in-depth knowledge and experience of the region’s F&B scene and enjoys a significant international market presence. In our bid to provide customers with fresh made-to-order meals, we use the healthiest natural ingredients in our marinade and bastings at Galito’s. We look forward to bringing our customised meal options to the Middle East’s health-conscious diners.”