Java to open Planet Yoghurt outlet in Nairobi’s CBD


A Java outlet in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE

The Java House restaurant chain is set to open a Planet Yogurt outlet on Kimathi Street in Nairobi.
This will be the seventh Planet Yogurt branded outlet under the chain, whose stores are mainly located in shopping malls. Planet Yogurt mostly sells frozen yoghurts.

“We have been receiving many requests for more locations outside of malls including in Nairobi CBD,” said Java House group CEO Ken Kuguru in an interview.

The 1,000 square metre store whose construction is already underway is expected to be operational by September.

Java declined to disclose the cost of setting up the shop only alluding that the store’s equipment and modern interior fittings comprises “a significant investment”.

Another Planet Yoghurt outlet is also expected to open at Rosslyn Riviera late this year following the scheduled opening of the mall in October.

Java Group — which operates coffee outlets under the Java House brand name- — also owns the 360 Degrees Pizza brand.

The company has been on a major expansion, targeting an additional 15 to 20 Java outlets annually. It is also setting up a second 360-degree Pizza branch at Rosslyn Riviera.

“In the past 12 months Java House has opened 15 stores and is planning on continuing to open 15-20 stores per year,” said Mr Kuguru.

Nairobi Java House opened its 45th outlet in Nairobi’s Reinsurance Plaza in November last year.