No job cuts, assures Chefette boss

Local fast-food chain Chefette today assured that there would be no job cuts, as it announced the permanent closure of its Fairchild Street branch, which takes effect on Saturday.

In a statement issued to Barbados TODAY, Managing Director Ryan Haloute acknowledged that the company had been operating from The City location for the past 20 years. However, he blamed the closure on the non renewal of Chefette’s lease by its landlord, the Barbados Workers’ Union Co-Operative Credit Union, who he said required the space for expansion of its own offices.

“We thank our loyal customers who patronized our Fairchild Street restaurant over the past 20 years and now focus our efforts to retain all of our 31 staff from that location and continue to expand with the upcoming opening of our new Lancaster, St James restaurant before the end of Summer 2017,” Haloute added.

The new St James location is expected to create employment for 50 people, taking Chefette’s total staff complement above 800. It will consist of a restaurant, a drive-thru and a double mega 3-storey playground, as well as fully digital menus. 

9 Responses to No job cuts, assures Chefette boss

  1. kathy-Ann Clarke January 20, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Chefette, Chefette, Was disappointed yesterday evening, Went to one of their locations for ice cream an found out they only had one flavour on sale. Ridiculous man, only one flavour at a big able restaurant.

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    • The Elephant January 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

      @Kathy-Ann Clarke The news carried a press statement by Chefette explaining why Chefette has one flavor available. The products which make the ice-cream are unavailable therefore customers can only enjoy soft-served ice-cream for the time being. All hope is not lost simply try another of the many ice cream parlors around the island since your demand for cold cream obviously exceeds Chefette’s supply.

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  2. Jennifer January 20, 2017 at 9:48 am

    The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high and thou shall come down very low.

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  3. Alex Alleyne January 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

    With a new hotel coming on bay street I find it difficult as to why CHEFETTE is not going after the old British Airways building around the corner from the (Barbados national Bank), Republic Bank.
    There was not talk of having another store on that upper side of the City no time soon.

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  4. sam Clarke January 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

    The laws of economics finally caught chefette restaurants. They have to realize that they have saturated Barbados, and then the laws of economics will dictate.
    Chefette’s business model is doomed, if it does not expand beyond Barbados, regionally and international. Think McDonald and other international brands.
    It is time for this company to look for growth else where.

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  5. Adrian Barker January 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The great gentle man is talking about saving jobs I said blessings and praises to him. .but I can’t understand why a fool like you want to mention about ice cream. What that have to do with the good gentle man trying to help others by saving jobs

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  6. seagul January 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Subway is gearing up with a good kick for chefette…

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  7. Guy Smiley January 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Sam Clarke did you read the article?

    Take a second look absorb and come back.

    @ The Elephant lol

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  8. Helicopter(8P) January 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

    What an upgrade in location! Good Luck to you and employees!

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