QSR plans to launch more KFC, Pizza Hut outlets

The firm is also developing digital payment kiosks to embrace digitalisation in its service

By SHAZNI ONG / Pic By TMR

QSR Brands (M) Holdings Bhd plans to open 67 stores of KFC and 60 Pizza Hut restaurants nationwide within the next three years as part of its expansion plan.

Additionally, the firm is also developing digital payment kiosks in a move to embrace digitalisation in its service.

“The expansion plan is ongoing as we believe the brand visibility is very critical in order to ensure that we provide the most accessible stores to all our customers,” said MD Datuk Seri Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil after the launch of the Diploma in Restaurant Management by SEGi Group of Colleges (SGC) and QSR Brands last Friday.

“We believe there is a lot of potential in the restaurant business. We hope in the next three-year period, we will open 67 stores of KFC and 60 of Pizza Hut,” he said.

“With the new business model, the capital expenditure (capex) is very minimal. The new business model is that, for every stores that we open, we have partners that would put in the investments to open the store,” he added.

According to Mohamed Azahari, the management and kitchen equipments will be provided by QSR Brands to reduce the capex of opening new stores.

Apart from that, QSR Brands is going to leverage on the Tokyo Olympics next year by offering its services and infrastructure on the halal segment to cater to the large number of expected visitors.

Mohamed Azahari revealed that QSR Brands has recently received inquiries from Pizza Hut Japan and KFC Japan.

“We are looking at the possibility of providing them the training and also on how to develop at least one or two halal-certified stores.

“So, we are sending our team, hopefully sometime next month, to work with Pizza Hut Japan and KFC Japan, to provide relevant training and on how to make sure they can get halal processes all in place,” he said.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is expected to attract over 20 million tourists, more than a million of which will be Muslims.

Malaysia has also offered its halal certification expertise to assist Japan in the preparation of halal food for athletes competing in the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Azahari was tight-lipped on its new listing date after its shareholders and directors decided to postpone its initial public offering on Bursa Malaysia.

Earlier, Mohamed Azahari was also present for a triparte memorandum of understanding between SGC, QSR Brands and Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang to empower the B40 category in Penang for equal opportunity and access to education and employment through SEGi Skill Academic Grant initiative.