Gloria Jean’s EC receives Retail Leadership Award
Nabi Saleh, executive chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, has been honoured the ‘Retail Leadership Award’ at the prestigious ‘Asia Retail Congress Award 2010’. The award was presented to him Anjali Kasliwal, Director, S Kumar Group in a glittering ceremony at Taj Land End in Mumbai.
“Being recognised by our esteemed peers as a retail leader is very humbling and a testament to the hard work of our dedicated team. Our growth throughout Asia has been an exciting journey and we plan to build on the momentum of the last two years,” Saleh said.
The Award follows a significant period of growth and success for Gloria Jean’s Coffees International, which has enjoyed 25% global sales increase for the year ending June 2009 and entered 10 new markets in the last two years including China and India taking the company’s global presence to 917 coffee houses in 38 markets worldwide.
In April 2009, Gloria Jean’s Coffees International also acquired Gloria Jean’s Coffees USA, comprising 102 locations in 24 states making the brand now Australian-owned and operated in all global markets. The acquisition also included a separate US coffee house brand, the ‘It’s a Grind’ specialty coffee franchise, incorporating a further 103 stores across 14 states, taking the total to 1020.
The Award is voted for by Asia Retail Congress members and recognises the performance and achievements of the individual’s business, as well as their credibility, integrity and values. Saleh said he felt honoured by the recognition, which he dedicated to the efforts of the whole Gloria Jean’s Coffees family including the company’s international regional support teams and enthusiastic master franchise partners.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees, in association with Indian master franchisee Citymax Hospitality India, has opened 10 coffee houses in India, with a vision to open 100 more by 2013.