Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

“I’m proud that we’ll be able to offer diners in the MENA region a handmade pizza that will be prepared every day using the same recipe Spontini has been using since 1953, with the same Italian ingredients we use in our stores in Milan. It’s a pleasure to work with a partner that shares our vision and wants to offer our customers the same experience that they would experience in our Italian stores,” said Massimo Innocenti, Spontini executive chairman and founder of the brand.

Spontini started life in 1953 under the name of ‘Cibi Cotti’, characterised by simple and inexpensive dishes from Tuscany’s traditional cuisine. It soon introduced the now-typical slice of pizza, officially becoming ‘Spontini’, from the name of the street in which the original store is located. The recipe for the classic Spontini pizza has barely changed since then, offering an unmatched Italian taste experience.

Alshaya is a franchise operator for more than 80 world-leading brands, including Starbucks, Shake Shack, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, H & M and Mothercare. The company operates more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia Turkey and Europe, and employs more than 50,000 people.

“We think Spontini will offer something unique and authentic to our discerning customer base,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to handmade, quality pizza, and a strong sense of heritage and tradition, it will be an exciting addition to our portfolio of world-leading food brands.”

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Mohammed Alshaya recognised for his role in developing modern retail culture in the Middle East

Mohammed Alshaya recognised for his role in developing modern retail culture in the Middle East

 

Kuwait, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., has been recognised as the individual who has made the biggest contribution to the retail industry in the Middle East over the past 30 years by the prestigious Arabian Business Magazine. Mr Alshaya received the award from Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media Group, at a gala event in Dubai to celebrate the magazine’s 30th anniversary.

The award recognises Mr Alshaya’s role in developing a modern retail culture in the Middle East. His vision has seen Alshaya grow from one retail franchise store in 1983 to becoming one of the world’s leading retail franchise businesses, with 80 brands and more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.

The event honoured some of the Middle East’s most high-profile business people for their contributions to a range of industries. Other award recipients included Colm McLoughlin, chief executive officer of Dubai Duty Free; Mohamed Alabbar, founder and chairman of Emaar; Yusuf Ali, chairman of Lulu Group; Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance; Sunny Varkey, founder of GEMS Education; and Munib Masri, chairman of Edgo and PADICO.

“Mohammed Alshaya is a true game changer. Not only has he created a vast retail empire, but his impact on society has been phenomenal. His ability to spot the right trends in the right markets, at the right time – and execute his vision – is second to none,” said Mr Akawi.

Receiving the award, Mr Alshaya said: “This award is a great honour for me, for our family business and for the 50,000 people who work at Alshaya. I have always said that retail is the most exciting industry in the world, and I have been privileged to work with some of the world’s greatest retail brands to help develop a modern retailing culture in the Middle East. This has delivered exciting new choices to local customers and created many thousands of job opportunities.”

Since opening its first Mothercare store in Kuwait in 1983, Alshaya has been a pioneer in the retail industry – driving innovation, shaping standards in customer care, and introducing over 80 of the world’s best known and best loved brands to customers in the region. The company today operates brands that include Starbucks, H&M, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania, and employs more than 50,000 people from over 120 nationalities across a range of sectors covering Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food, Optics, Pharmacy, Home Furnishings and Leisure & Entertainment.

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Alshaya and Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East

Alshaya and Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East

 

Kuwait, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced a franchise partnership with award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East this year – its first expansion outside Australia.

400 Gradi, a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant, is the creation of chef Johnny Di Francesco, the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace (AVPN) and President of AVPN Australia. It offers a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian cuisine, using the finest Italian ingredients to give guests the most complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.

In 2014, Chef Di Francesco was named the ‘world’s best pizza maker’ during the World Championships in Italy for his authentic Napoletana-style pizza, which is cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees hence the name 400 Gradi.

Along with this Napoletana-style pizza, the restaurants offer an array of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes including its famous handmade gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, traditional artisan Italian gelato and delicious desserts.

Commenting on the new partnership, Chef Di Francesco said: “This is a groundbreaking milestone for the Gradi Group. Expanding to the Middle East is an exciting step forward, especially through Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward to presenting guests with the best pizza in the world, and great Italian food, at the official debut of 400 Gradi.”

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., said: “We’re constantly looking for ways to bring authentic and diverse dining experiences to our customers in the Middle East. 400 Gradi offers a complete Neapolitan experience, and we believe that it will be an exciting addition to the regional dining scene. We look forward to a successful partnership together.”

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Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa

Alshaya to build and operate Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa

 

Kuwait, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the United States’ leading fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, has announced an exclusive development agreement with Kuwait-based retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The agreement provides for the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, with the first five restaurants scheduled to open in Kuwait and the UAE in 2018. The partnership with Alshaya marks the first expansion of Blaze Pizza outside of North America and represents the largest development deal in the brand’s history.

“There is really only one ‘best way’ to take your brand overseas and that is to partner with Alshaya,” said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. “For some time, we’ve been receiving requests to bring our brand to the Middle East. Now that we’ve partnered with Alshaya, we’re happy to say that we will be there soon.”

The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, recently opened its milestone 200th restaurant and has agreements in place to open more than 400 additional locations across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement with Alshaya includes the development of both traditional and delivery-only formats.

“Blaze Pizza is a very exciting and disruptive brand that fits nicely into our restaurant portfolio alongside Starbucks and Shake Shack,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to fast, authentic, customizable pizza, we see a tremendous opportunity to build Blaze into the dominant pizza brand in the Middle East and throughout the region.”

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Alshaya and chef Thomas Keller to launch Bouchon Bakeries in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar

Alshaya and chef Thomas Keller to launch Bouchon Bakeries in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar

 

Kuwait, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced its franchise partnership with acclaimed chef Thomas Keller to launch the first three Bouchon Bakeries outside the United States in Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar this year.

The first Bouchon Bakery opened in July 2003 by Keller, the award-winning American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, as a place that would foster community and provide one-of-a-kind breads in Yountville, California. Since then, the bakery has quickly blossomed beyond the Napa Valley into an important landmark throughout the United States which offers a genuine style of classic French boulangeries and a wide selection of artisanal breads and classic desserts inspired by Chef Keller’s childhood memories and of his time in France.

Keller is the first and only American chef to have been awarded simultaneous three star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants. He currently holds seven Michelin stars: three at Per Se, three at The French Laundry, and one at Bouchon Bistro.

Bouchon Bakery also features an array of sweet delights including classic viennoiserie, such as croissants and pain au chocolat, breakfast items like muffins and streusel cakes as well as an ever-changing selection of tarts, cookies, sandwiches, quiche, soups and salads. Bouchon Bakery exclusively carries the rich and complex Thomas Keller Espresso blend, the product of a 15-year collaboration between Chef Keller and Equator Coffees &Teas.

“As we expand outside the United States, we are pleased to partner with Alshaya, which has a track record of successfully franchising international brands. Together we will make Bouchon Bakery an outstanding destination for our Middle East guests and visitors alike. I’m eagerly looking forward to our official debut,” Chef/Proprietor Keller said, commenting on the new partnership.

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. said: “We are very pleased to partner with Bouchon Bakery, which has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, under the leadership of Thomas Keller. We look forward to introducing this innovative dining experience to customers in the Middle East and anticipate an exciting future together.”

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