Bakewell unveils $100M investment at CJIA
Persons passing through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, can now enjoy quality services that many Guyanese have become accustomed to as one popular local business mind has made a whopping investment in excess of $100M at the facility.
The renowned Bakewell line of companies yesterday opened the Rituals Coffee Shop, a Roti Hut, and Nestle Ice cream parlour.
Upon the occasion Chief Executive Officer of Roti Hut/Rituals Guyana, Naeem Nasir said despite many challenges the entity will continue to offer quality services and standard to all Guyanese.
He further expressed thanks to the administration for continuous support to business ventures which continue to benefit all Guyanese.
“Anisa, Bakewell and Roti Hut have built a name of quality and for too long Guyanese have accepted second standards and services and the time has come now for Guyanese to demand better,” Nasir said.
He added that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport is the place where visitors to this land form their first and last impressions and it becomes imperative that standards be set so that Guyana can be considered equal to every other airport that they visit.
“This was a challenge by the Minister of Tourism to improve the standards at the airport, and we thank the minister for making the suggestion,” he added.
“With the large number of early morning departures we realized that a lot of services are needed, so we decided to turn to one place that many Caribbean nationals have grown accustomed to over the years, our partners in Trinidad, Rituals Coffee.”
He revealed that the investment is in excess of $100 Million.
The opening of Rituals Coffee Shop now adds to a total of 74 outlets around the Caribbean.
Also present at the launching was Mario Sabga-Aboud, Chairman Rituals Coffee House. The opening was fully endorsed by the Trinidadian.
He said he was more than delighted to have been called in to offer his services to Guyanese.
The opening was also approved by President Bharrat Jagdeo who lauded the investment by the Nasir family. He noted that other Guyanese, both locally and abroad, should take note to make significant investments, since this clearly shows that there is still stability despite the negative reports in some sections of the media.
The head of state further urged that the positive should be highlighted since all these new investments locally are happening at a time when the world at large is experiencing a recession.
Meanwhile, the new facility will be opened 24 hours and offers a variety of ice-cream, cakes, pastries, teas and coffee.
In addition, as is customary for Muslims when such an achievement is met, a donation is made to a charity. The Red Cross Convalescent home was the recipient of a cheque for $500,000.