The world's second-largest hamburger chain, Burger King, will open its first South African store in Cape Town on Thursday 9 May.
According to the Sunday Times, Grand Parade Investments (GPI), which owns the rights to Burger King in southern Africa, plans to roll out more than six restaurants in Cape Town before the end of the year, before moving on to the Johannesburg market.
GPI will capitalise on the fact that it owns dedicated gambling areas – for slot machines – in 450 existing pubs. According to the article in the Sunday Times, it will establish “hole-in-the-wall” Burger Kings at these outlets. The head of Burger King South Africa, Jaye Sinclair, told the Sunday Times that applications for franchise ownership would only be considered from next year.
“The reason we have done that is because we want to perfect the logistics and supply chain and also get the capex down as low as possible by finding local suppliers,” he is quoted as saying.