As Bothasig and surrounding areas eagerly await the opening of the new world-class Food Lover’s Market store on Thursday 20 October 2022, the team at South Africa’s largest privately owned retailer is also getting ready to offer the best store in the community.
With an array of fresh food and grocery offerings and a dazzling display of shopping theatre inside, it promises to be a premium shopping experience – emphasis on premium.
The new jewel in the crown is a 3000 square-metre stand-alone site. The coast of the land and the buildings total R70 million and the cost of the store (equipment and setup) R30 million – making the entire investment R100 million.
A huge emphasis has been placed on creating an environment of fresh and sustainable shopping theatre.
“We are a family business and, from our tables to yours, we want you to feel that sense of warmth and family when you visit our store,” says CEO and Co-Founder of the Food Lover’s Market Group, Brian Coppin.
“As a result, significant thought has gone into the Bothasig team,” he adds.
The store will be managed by Valentino Ricciardi, a highly experienced retailer with 42 years under his belt. Ricciardi has been part of the Food Lover’s family for the past 29 years, since it’s inception.
He will have a team of 150 passionate team members to support him, with 25 of the team part of the gourmet Butchery section – the largest butchery in the Food Lover’s Market Group.
“With a new store comes a new team and we’ve loved welcoming more smiling faces to the Food Lover’s family and getting to know one another,” says Ricciardi.
Most of the 150 team members are sourced from the general area and surrounds, including Du Noon, Milnerton and Edgemead, as well as current team members who have asked to transfer as the store is based closer to home.
“We are passionate about delivering an exceptional shopping experience. All team members will receive training and support through the ‘Same Faces Higher Places’ programme, to prepare them to offer fantastic service at the Bothasig store,” continure Ricciardi.
What the new store has in store for us:
- A bountiful fresh produce section
- The biggest gourmet butchery in the Food Lover’s Market stable
- An on-site bakery
- A fresh seafood department
- Delicious cheese and deli counters
- An upmarket wine department
- Hot foods boasting scrumptious, prepared foods such as Crispy Chicken, Bubs Fish & Chips, and Pie O’My
- The Fresh Society, Love Health, and Health & Happiness dried fruit and nut bar
- A Grab & Go department with a selection of prepared foods – including sushi and a biltong bar
- Seattle Coffee Co will be available at the entrance to the store
The store is located at the intersection of Link and Vryburger Roads, Bothasig.