Ocean Basket expanding
Ocean Basket will soon have a total of 12 restaurants in the Middle East
Dubai International, one of the world's busiest airports, boasts high-profile brands that service a captive market who are in transit, hungry and tired - and among the brands is Ocean Basket. The restaurant was the South African chain's first in the region, to be followed by an expansive roll-out by the privately held seafood brand. With five new stores opening this year, it will soon have a total of 12 in the Middle East, according to CEO Grace Harding, who took over at Ocean Basket in 2012 after doing consulting work for the company. Ocean Basket has 173 restaurants in South Africa, and 41 outside the country. Ocean Basket opened three restaurants in Kazakhstan in 19 months. In Kuwait there is an agreement to roll out five stores over five years. It is opening in Oman and there is one in Qatar and one in Malta. It opened eight restaurants in under four years in Saudi Arabia. The plan was to open in China at the end of last year but there were delays. Peter "Fats" Lazarides and his...
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