Restaurant chain Java House has revealed plans to set up its flagship outlet in Athi River, Machakos County.
The company is investing Sh50 million to set up the new outlet that will occupy 2,800 square feet at Crystal Rivers Mall.
Java Chief Executive Officer, Ken Kuguru, says plans are at an advanced stage.
“We found Crystal Rivers to be a very strategic location for our new restaurant—ideally positioned between Nairobi and Machakos, along Mombasa Road and right next to a rapidly expanding residential and commercial area,” said Kuguru.
The new branch is one of nine new outlets to open before the end of the year coming soon after the opening of Kericho and Eldoret branches which are to open in September.
The Athi River outlet will bring the number of Java branches to 56 spread across Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Dubai-based private equity investment firm, Abraaj Group, fully acquired the coffee chain in June, buying stakes held by its founder Kevin Ashley and Washington-based Emerging Capital Partners in a multi-billion shilling transaction.
The Sh4.3 billion Crystal Rivers Mall is expected to open within the next five months, according to Richard Gitahi, the Pension Secretary of the Safaricom Staff Pension Scheme, developers of the mall.