De Witts make fur­ther in­vest­ment in Kenton

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AF­TER six years of liv­ing in Kenton-on-Sea, work­ing at grow­ing and im­prov­ing their busi­nesses at Kenton Garage, Eu­gene and Ruleen de Witt’s con­fi­dence in the town’s eco­nomic growth and its fu­ture sees them make a fur­ther in­vest­ment.

Dur­ing the De Witt’s ten­ure, the fill­ing sta­tion they pur­chased in 2010 has grown its of­fer­ing to in­clude a wide range of prod­ucts and ser­vices that have en­hanced the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for Ken­tonites and vis­i­tors alike.

The su­per­mar­ket, car­wash, take-away and me­chan­i­cal work­shop have, in the last seven years, be­come a hub vis­ited by many, of­fer­ing from bat­ter­ies and tyres, to house­hold goods, gro­ceries and more.

Staff are al­ways on hand to sat­isfy the needs of cus­tomers with the su­per­mar­ket and take-away open 365 days of the year.

The Kenton Garage take-away has be­come a house­hold word for those want­ing a quick, freshly pre­pared take-away meal. The fish and chips still re­main a point of con­ver­sa­tion for many vis­i­tors from as far as Gaut­eng (and even from Lon­don).

The new baby in the sta­ble for the De Witts is the ac­qui­si­tion of the build­ing and busi­nesses next to the garage.

In this new in­vest­ment, the Volo Pub and V-Slots be­come part of their port­fo­lio, which fur­ther in­cludes the com­pletely new Con­ti­nen­tal Res­tau­rant and Deli, a 38-seater res­tau­rant with an ex­ten­sive a la carte menu com­ple­mented by a deli cater­ing to the tastes of the food­ies out there. It is also the place where you can shop af­ter hours for in­gre­di­ents that aren’t reg­u­larly avail­able in Kenton.

Its menu also caters for a range of tastes in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian, as well as a wine list to suit ev­ery pocket.

This ad­di­tional in­vest­ment lifts the De Witts fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment in Kenton-on-Sea to more than R11-mil­lion, with a job cre­ation to­tal of 43 staff. Look­ing back to 2010 when the De Witts bought the garage, there were only four per­ma­nent staff em­ployed, with a sup­ple­ment of ca­sual staff to cope with sea­sonal work.

“But it’s not just about em­ploy­ment,” Eu­gene said. “We rein­vest in the town and sup­port char­i­ties such as Rotary, Round Ta­ble, the Bowls Club, the soup kitchen and many oth­ers.”

Eu­gene is also pres­i­dent of the Busi­ness Cham­ber, which in­cludes tourism, an­other im­por­tant fac­tor for the De Witts.

“We be­lieve in Kenton-on-Sea,” he said. “We need to in­vest if we are to grow the town and im­prove the lives of those liv­ing here.”

It is safe to say the De Witts are here to make a dif­fer­ence and are in it for the long haul. They are hard at work in de­vel­op­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal Res­tau­rant and Deli, but are still very much ac­tive on a daily ba­sis in all their busi­ness in­ter­ests at the Kenton Garage hub.

HAPPY WITH BUSI­NESS: Kenton Garage own­ers Eu­gene and Ruleen de Witt

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