Scooters Pizza opens in WindhoekFebruary 14th, 2011 by H&R | Categories: food, restaurants, tourism
Scooters Pizza has opened its first restaurant in Windhoek, Namibia, the start of its expansion into Southern Africa. CEO of Taste Holdings Food Division, Christo Calitz, is encouraged by the steady growth in the Namibian economy since independence from South Africa in 1990. He says that Windhoek’s is a growing new market, and provides an ideal base for Scooters Pizza to expand and increase its market share in line with the brand’s expansion goals.
“Scooters Pizza has a vision of expanding our franchise into Southern Africa, and Windhoek’s relatively untapped market, with a limited number of fast food alternatives, will provide a strong launching pad into the region, resulting in further growth potential.
“Careful market analysis has shown that Namibians are increasingly taking to fast food options, and hence I am confident that the Scooters Pizza brand will rapidly become established in Windhoek, with consumers embracing the quality, convenience and taste of our meal offerings.”
Currently, Scooters Pizza has 130 restaurants open in South Africa and in Lesotho. Calitz says that the decision to extend the Scooters Pizza franchise across a national border was reinforced by its holding company Taste Holdings’ long-term growth strategy.
“Last year Taste Holdings focused on marketing and maintaining the Scooters Pizza brand in consumers’ minds, and while this is still a priority our main objective for 2011 is franchise expansion,” he notes.
Scooters Pizza was launched in 2000 and Calitz maintains that its longevity and established brand recognition provides the company with the tools to successfully navigate a new market. He believes that the new outlet will quickly make its mark and breed further success for Scooters Pizza in Southern Africa.
“Through Scooters Pizza’s fresh, dynamic and innovative approach, along with proactive management, we are confident that the store will be a strong competitor in the Namibian fast-food market, and challenge traditional fast food strongholds.
“Ultimately, our advancement into Namibia will also allow for expansion into other parts of Southern Africa, in order to create a stronger portfolio of store developments,” concludes Calitz.