Glo­ria Jean’s opens new cafe to­day at Thurston Street

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Glo­ria Jean’s opens its sev­enth cof­fee house in Fiji to­day. “It was a year com­ing,” said owner Ariel de Asa yes­ter­day of his Thurston Street chiller and cof­fee house cafe.

“No way am I clos­ing down any of my shops - if any­thing, I was only re­lo­cat­ing for fea­si­bil­ity sake.” Mr de Asa, said to own the largest cof­fee cafe fran­chise in Fiji, built a wooden out­door deck­ing to com­ple­ment his dream theme at the Thurston Street cafe.

“This lo­ca­tion will of­fer full break­fast and lunch menu, and bar­be­cue specials on Fri­days, en­abled through the full kitchen we now have here.”

He said open­ing his new­est cof­fee shop was tim­ing as it helped ab­sorb staff who were af­fected by cir­cum­stances aris­ing from the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) pan­demic.

Glo­ria Jean’s Thurston Street cafe will open Mon­day to Fri­day, from 7am to 7pm, un­til demand dic­tates oth­er­wise, Mr de Asa said.

“It’s re­ally in­tended for the busi­ness com­mu­nity in this area, and the Gov­ern­ment work­ers.”

Glo­ria Jean’s will open its eight cafe next month, in cen­tral Suva. “Open­ing a busi­ness un­der COVID-19 re­stric­tions hasn’t been easy or cheap - it has taught us to be more smart,” he said.

Mr de Asa owns the mas­ter fran­chise for Glo­ria Jean’s, an Amer­i­can-Aus­tralian gourmet in­ter­na­tional cof­fee house chain.

Photo:Kelera Sovasiga

Glo­ria Jean’s new chiller and cof­fee house at Thurston Street.

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