UAE-based Lulu Group opened its fifth hypermarket in the Kingdom of Bahrain at Juffair as part of its expansion strategy. The 120th Lulu Hypermarket of the group was inaugurated by Shaikh Khaled bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, deputy prime minister of Bahrain, in the presence of Zayed Al Zayani, minister of industry & commerce; Jameel Humaidan, labour minister; Shaikh Khalifa Bin Daij Al Khalifa, president of crown prince court; Shaikh Ahmed Khalifa Al Khalifa, crown prince court; and other senior government officials and top diplomats at Juffair Mall.
Prominent dignitaries present during the inauguration included Alok Kumar Sinha, Indian ambassador; William Roebuck, US ambassador; Simon Martin CMG, UK ambassador; and other prominent industry and business leaders.
“The continuous success of Lulu Hypermarket in Bahrain ever since it was opened in 2007 has been due to the support we have received from the Bahraini leadership and Bahraini people. I take this opportunity to thank His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the prime minister and Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince and first deputy premier for their transformative leadership and the government for its transparency, accessibility and effectiveness,” says Yusuffali MA, chairman of Lulu Group.
“Lulu Hypermarket has built its brand on the quality promise and we are very happy that the people of Bahrain have responded so warmly to the range of products, cost-effectiveness and high quality. Bahrainis have excellent people skills and have been the backbone of our business growth. We are proud of their participation in our multi-cultural employee force,” he adds.
The new 120,000 sqft Lulu hypermarket will serve the residents of Juffair, Hoora, Gudaibiya, Adliya and Umm Al Hassam areas with its widest range of products from all over the world. As always Lulu Hypermarket provides the widest range of quality and value-for-money products all under one roof. It has separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a state-of-the-art live bakery and hot foods kitchen. The product mix in Lulu Juffair will also include a wide selection of premium UK and US goods, including special products air-flown for freshness.
“As announced earlier, we are fully committed to our BD 100 million investment plans for Bahrain and our sixth hypermarket will open soon at Galleria Mall, Ahli Club, Zinj,” Yusuffali reiterates.
Speaking about the group’s stress on providing training and employment opportunity to the educated Bahraini youth, he states, “We have always believed that it’s our duty to nurture the local talent and currently there are more than 1,100 Bahrainis who work with us not only here but in other GCC countries also. Our goal is to provide employment to another 500 people with the opening of our new projects.”