It’s been a very tasty year, says head of catering equipment auction house
WESTERN Cape Auctioneers has completed more than 80 auctions in 2010, with a few more to be held, says director Stef Olivier.
These have included sales of the assets of 107 restaurants, including outlets of well-known franchises such as the News Café, Dros, Spur and Wimpy, he says.
“The assets of several s uper markets, but c her i e s, takeaway outlets and coffee shops have also gone under the hammer this year.”
Olivier says that through its weekly auctions, Western Cape Auctioneers, a specialist catering equipment auction- eer, has been able to provide quality catering equipment, kitchen utensils and restaurant furniture on its auction floor every week.
“This assists potential and existing restaurateurs to establish or expand their businesses, and many come back every week to find more equipment,” he says.
To accommodate the number of people attending its auctions, the 11-year-old family business this year established a dedicated furniture auction house in Okavango Park, and appointed a new furniture auctioneer.
After signing a contract to auction all the repossessed furniture and appliances of a large financial company, the company has held “massive” furniture auctions every Tuesday for the past three months. “During this period we have attracted new clientele and have already established new relationships,” says Olivier.
He says Western Cape Auctioneers strives to make the auction process easy and uncomplicated. “We offer advice on how to achieve good products on auctions, and our staff members share their knowledge with buyers. Our aim is to ensure that every person who attends our auctions has a good experience.”
Olivier adds that the company believes there is something to be learned from every client. “The company slogan is ‘Our history is the footprint of our future’: we believe in learning from our past experiences, and building the future on the values of learning, educating and teaching, and providing professional advice and service.”
Western Cape Auctioneers has some exciting auctions lined up for 2011, starting with a large furniture auction on January 11 and a catering auction on January 13.
DRAWCARD: Auctioneer Stef Olivier of Wester n Cape Auctioneers conducting one of the company’s auctions, which on average attract between 120 and 140 registered bidders each week.