Not leaving

Barbados needs Chefette now more than ever – Haloute

Local fast food giant Chefette says though it remains open to expanding its brand across the region, it is not about to abandon Barbados when the island needs its investment most.

“It is tough on everybody. We are continuing to push hard in this country. We are not going to ever give up. God is here with us and we will all survive this,” the company’s Managing Director Ryan Haloute told the gathering, which included former Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and a number of business officials, for this morning’s official opening of Chefette’s newest branch at Lancaster, St James.

“Our view on franchising remains the same. Right now we are leaving all of our options wide open. However, we need to focus internally on our country. We are bleeding and we are hemorrhaging, we need the full troops and support here in our country,” he stressed.

Managing Director of Chefette Restaurants Ryan Haloute (left) along with Eugine Clarke and Chief Operations Officer Maurice Habre cut the ribbon to signal the official opening of the latest outlet.

While recalling the closure and sale of the Holetown, St James outlet in 2008 to an overseas investor, Haloute said subsequently a deliberate decision was taken to build more restaurants across the island.

“We just could not refuse especially at a time when the country was going down into a recession,” he said.

“We accepted [the Holetown] offer with the goal to reinvest all of those funds back into the country and expand our business with the hopes of one day returning to the parish of St James,” the businessman added during the launch of Chefette restaurant number 15.

The St James restaurant, which sits on over 8,000 square feet of land, can seat about 170 people and offers parking space for about 40 vehicles.

With the opening of the restaurant, which features a mega 3-storey playground, the company’s total number of employees has also moved to 850.

“This really reaffirms Chefette’s commitment to this local economy, our country and job security in a time that we are all being tested,” the managing director said without disclosing the cost of the multi-million dollar project.

Chefette is set to open another branch in Newton, Christ Church in another three years on which work had already started.

In the meantime, the fast food chain has adopted schools in the Lancaster area – St Silas Primary, Frederick Smith Secondary and Gordon Greenidge Primary.

25 Responses to Not leaving

  1. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole September 16, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I came home to visit and the first roti that I had in 10 years did not taste as it used to. A chicken and potato is now a potato and chicken roti. Mine contained ONE small piece of chicken. I could barely taste curry in the roti and the size of the roti appeared to have been reduced by 25% of what I remembered it being 10 years ago. Added to all that the roti was dry, it was not moist. Perhaps Chefette needs another major brand to make rotis in Barbados in order for them to make a competitive product. I am now suffering from roti turn off. I did not buy another one neither am I buying any fozen ones to take with me.
    Maybe Mr Haloute should re examine his main product on the Barbadian market instead of complaining that he is haemorrhaging. But how can one be hemorrhaging and open a new branch?

    • Roc Kinn
      Roc Kinn September 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Chefette Haloutes rake in big bucks. The same is true for the small ethnic group who monopolize hotel ownership. The positive is they employ locals which is unavoidable to grow their businesses to earn larger profits.

      • Jennifer September 16, 2017 at 10:16 am

        So where is the positivism????? unless you are wearing the glasses of the small ethnic background lot. Or is it the unavoidable aspect.

    • John Everatt September 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      There are also really good roti served at the roti place at Lanterns Mall, Hastings.

  2. Sanky September 16, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Notice how slim both Mr. Haloute and Mr. Habre look. A word to the wise.

  3. Trident Black
    Trident Black September 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

    No expansion,no employee shares, no sale,from me.

  4. Alex Alleyne September 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Popping up all over like a “Five & Dime” store. Making money “Hand over fist” offa we.

  5. Alex Alleyne September 16, 2017 at 9:02 am

    The “minority” in the photo will be the “majority” spending at this establishment.

    • VoR September 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Well that would be expected if the country is comprised of more than 90% of that minority in the photo. Most business here canàt survive with just 10% minority support.

    • Jennifer September 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

      That is why the majority needed to be blinded in ALL SYSTEMS. To become the conduit for the wealth of the minority.
      @Sanky – them don’t eat none.

    • Kevin September 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Who forcing them? Not a soul….

  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 16, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I love my Chefette Rotis. Get them whenever I go home.

  7. I am not Grenadian September 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Please come to Grenada. I miss having options beside KFC for fried chicken and if your rotis are good then I would not mind that too.

  8. Alex Alleyne September 16, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Chefette should start spending some of that money on “REAL ESTATE” on Low income housing and really do something for the people of BIM. Building housing will be great but not those “slave-huts” the are built by the state as California prices.

    • Jennifer September 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Alex you so funny. If or when the halutes go into real estate the word low will not be any part the equation what so ever. A conscience will have to be at work. Slaves belong in slave huts, slave jobs, churches, etc. All resemble each other.

      • Jennifer September 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm

        This is what happens when ingrunt supplanted black governments coming out of a slave TRADE goes into alliance with the said traders. It is like going into a gun fight with bullets only and ending up being SURROUNDED.

    • tedd September 16, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      private companies cant provide low income houses and not make a profit, that is the role of NHC. right now they have competitive food prices and also food that people think is wworth buying

  9. Belfast September 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Why should he leave and face stiff competition? In Barbados Chefette is an extension of almost every home . A kitchen extension.
    The man from the Twin-island south has captured the hearts and mouths of the Barbadian people.

    • Jennifer September 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      @Belfast – hahahahahahahaha and the playground is the catcher. He would be in a bigger financial position where the MAJORITY in poor mode, and he knows this too. And both parties are swelling.

  10. Suzette Gill
    Suzette Gill September 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    And charging poor people so much for a piece of chicken.. Only in Barbados.

  11. Alex Alleyne September 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    When it comes to Real Estate in Barbados you always set out to make a profit but it is compound with “making a killing”.
    In Barbados everything is over priced and super inflated out of control.
    Houses can be built in BIM at an affordable price. We need to get the rid of all those Lawyer(s) fees and “super VAT” for first time buyers.

  12. Ossie Moore September 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    VoR says :

    ” Well that would be expected if the country is comprised of more than 90% of that minority in the photo. Most business here cant survive with just 10% minority support ”

    Ossie says :

    How come most businesses there can’t survive with just 10% but 5% is in charge , control and run the little piece of 2 x 4 rock ?

  13. Ossie Moore September 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    The bajans are the first to tell and bragg to other people that bajans are very ” unique people “. But the context of UNIQUE in which they are referring to people does not fit my context of UNIQUE .

    What I can tell you however is that bajans are a very unique type of people.

  14. 3rdsun September 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Cheffette love feeding bajans children overweight food. Cheffette ingrained in every child mind.

  15. Brenda H September 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Chefette love feeding bajans overweight food? It’s a fast food joint, it’s supposed to be a treat every once in a while. Not a daily diet. When I’m in Barbados; every weekend I see chefette full of people! Bajans love their Chefette! Sunday morning they line up outside before place open!


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