Munyeza acquires Mugg & Bean franchise

HARARE - Hospitality group African Sun’s chief executive Shingi Munyeza has acquired the franchise for South African food outlet, Mugg & Bean (M&B) for the Zimbabwean market.

Munyeza said he acquired the franchise for the specialised coffee shop from South Africa (SA)’s Famous Brands under his family investment portfolio in May but opened the first outlet on November 1 in Harare.

He said he invested $400 000 in the project and planned to add three more outlets over the next year.

“We intend to expand this particular brand and others into the main economic centres. We plan to have three more Mugg & Bean outlets within the next 12 months and will see where demand takes us from there,” Munyeza said.

Other Famous Brands franchises in Zimbabwe include Wimpy and Steers fast food outlets.

This comes as KFC also plans to open 25 outlets in the country as more investors set eyes on the fast food industry.

M&B is a full-service, fast casual, coffee-themed franchise restaurant chain originating from SA.

Despite originating in SA, according to Wikipedia, there is an obvious and intended influence from “American” coffee shops — most specifically, what is perceived to be “San Francisco”-style shops.

The restaurant chain was founded in 1996 by Ben Filmalter, one of SA’s most prominent restaurateurs and a founding member of the South African Restaurant Association.

As of 2009, M&B had 96 outlets throughout SA as well as a number of overseas operations, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. 


Comments (7)

Is this the genuine brand or is it a copy cat brand from China. I had coffee at the Borrowdale Mug and Bean recently and the service was poor and some of the stuff on the menu were unavailable !

Kambazuma Kambazuma - 22 November 2013

Are we too dull to come up with our own brands. Inga Strive ari kuzviita wani neEconet yake despite the mountaneous huddle he faced. We are copying SA in most things. Proudly SA. We are watching SABC etc. Lets be innovative.

Meso - 24 November 2013

@kambazuma,thtat is why its called franchising,nothing is original in that sense.Munyeza is an innovative dude but dont know what happened to his thinking capacity this tym around

harare - 24 November 2013

franchising is good for business guys. dont be critical without looking at the benefit and technology it is bringing in the country. Look at Chicken Slice and TN copied Innscor (Chicken Inn, Cream Inn, Pizza Inn etc). KFC is coming back again. Lets look at China's policies when dealing with companies from west. China policy is when you want to invest in the country you bring the technology and materials are readily available in China, thats why Zhing zhongs are plenty. That technology is used for producing counterfeits products in China from the technology acquired from this companies. Lets look at policies of our country and see what it says, is it of benefit to the nation or not. If companies want to invest in Zimbabwe let them bring technology, expertise and education to empower the people. Now we are just importing cheap products and expect the economy and industry to grow or to be revived think twice guys. Economy is broad. We need real policymakers. Lets look at China not for products but for policies also.

hardlife - 4 December 2013

Hey thats great news to hear,how can i get a job from such a place.i was working in Southafrica please respond

james - 2 July 2014

i love this man because his connected to my father Prophet Makandiwa

NYASHA MASUKWEDZA - 13 October 2014

Shingi Munyeza is an honerable business man. He saw an opportunity and he grabbed it. A company dsnt have to be local to create jobs.I doubt there are machines working at M&B. If uve got an innovative product or service that is local then launch it and we will support. Lets not be upset Shingi thot of this franchise first and he had the money to buy it.

Tats - 11 March 2015

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