SERVAIR opens the first BURGER KING® restaurant in Ivory Coast, in the new CFAO PlaYce Marcory shopping mall in Abidjan
Servair, French leader and third largest global player in the airline catering and logistics business, has announced the opening of a BURGER KING® restaurant in Ivory Coast, in the new CFAO Carrefour shopping mall in Abidjan. This is a first one for Ivory Coast which thus becomes the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to welcome a Burger King restaurant.
Servair Abidjan is the concessionaire for the exclusive operation and management of this 90 m² restaurant located in the new CFAO PlaYce Marcory shopping mall in Abidjan. 50 people have been recruited for its opening.
Operating in Africa since 1989, and in Ivory Coast since 2008 with the creation of Servair Abidjan (following the acquisition of Abidjan Catering), the Servair group has grown to become a major player in airline catering on the continent. With 21 units by 2015, Servair is now the leading caterer in Africa, where it employs 3 250 people.
The opening of a BURGER KING® restaurant in a shopping mall is part of Servair's development strategy which aims to expand its service offering outside airports. Since 2012, thanks to the expertise of its teams and its knowledge in logistics and hygiene standards, Servair Abidjan develops its off air activities, including catering (school and companies) and public (with the event catering service, Grain de Sel) or airport outlets such as Air Lounge Café.
"We are proud to announce the opening of the first BURGER KING® restaurant in Ivory Coast. This opening is part of the Servair international development strategy. It will help to strengthen our leading position on the African continent" said Michel Emeyriat, President and CEO of Servair. "The partnership that we have initiated is an important growth driver for the diversification of Servair activities. It also reflects the quality of our expertise and our ability to exercise outside of the aviation sector, recognized through this partnership with a major international restoration player."