Manama: UAE-based LuLu Hypermarket will create 200 new jobs for Bahrainis this year to add to the 1,000 locals already employed by it, the company’s top official has said.
LuLu Group chairman Yusuffali MA told the GDN yesterday that Bahrainis were working with the company not only across the six hypermarkets it currently operates in Bahrain but also in other GCC countries.
He was speaking during the opening of the Middle East retail major’s sixth hypermarket in Bahrain at the Galleria Mall in New Zinj, which was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.
Mr Yusuffali said the company would raise its investment in Bahrain from over BD110 million at present to BD145m in the next 18 months as it opens two more hypermarkets, one each in Busaiteen and Saar.
“We had committed to an investment of BD100m for Bahrain six years ago which we have crossed already,” he said.
“Despite the global oil price collapse, the kingdom’s retail sector continues to offer good growth prospects and our expansion plans
Mr Yusuffali said the chain owed its success to Bahrain’s pro-business leadership and people.
“Bahrainis have excellent people skills and have been the backbone of our business growth. We are proud of their participation in our multicultural employee force,” he added.
The store opened yesterday is the group’s 124th globally.
The opening was attended by Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Al Zayani, Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan, Crown Prince’s Court president Shaikh Khalifa bin Duaij Al Khalifa and Shaikh Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, also from the Crown Prince’s Court.
Also present were Indian Ambassador Alok Kumar Sinha, UK Ambassador Simon Martin, US Ambassador William Roebuck as well as senior government officials and business leaders.
Mr Yusuffali said the new 10,000sqm hypermarket would serve the residents of Salmaniya and Zinj and offers easy access to Tubli and Isa Town residents as well.
It is located next to Al Ahli Sports Club and adjacent to the US Embassy.
“We would like to be a one-stop-shop for the multi-ethnic community of the area with an international mix of products,” he added.
The new hypermarket is spread over two levels with groceries and supermarket section occupying the ground level while the first floor features fashion, household goods, electronics and IT, toys and accessories, cosmetics and beauty and footwear sections.
LuLu Celebrate, a high-end designer store for Indian ethnic wear, is making its Bahrain debut in the new hypermarket, which also has the country’s second LuLu Connect branded niche electronics and IT
“Over the nine years that LuLu Hypermarket has been serving the people of Bahrain, we have observed preferences and trends and translated these into an even better retail experience for customers,” said Mr Yusuffali.
“LuLu Hypermarket has built its brand on the promise of quality and we are very happy that the people of Bahrain have responded so warmly to our range of high quality and cost-effective products,” he added.
The company opened its first store in Bahrain in 2007 and Bahrain’s fifth LuLu Hypermarket in Juffair Mall was opened in January this year.
Galleria is a project by Bahraini conglomerate Dadabhai Group, whose chairman Mohammed Dadabhai said it had invested $40m to develop the “all-new family shopping and recreation
The mall sprawls across a plot area of 30,000sqm with total built-up area of more than 42,000sqm, which includes a three-floor car park that will accommodate more than 580 vehicles.