Naif Alrajhi Investment Company and Jones the Grocer announce brand expansion across Saudi Arabia

The first Jones the Grocer flagship store is confirmed to be at the ground floor with access to the retail area of Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh in an iconic new tower designed by world-renowned Tokyo architect, Nikken Sekkei.
Updated 06 October 2019

Naif Alrajhi Investment Company and Jones the Grocer announce brand expansion across Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Jones the Grocer, the Australian speciality gourmet food retailer and award-winning café, announces a broader expansion across the Middle East with a multiple store development deal across Saudi Arabia with Naif Alrajhi Investment.

Naif Saleh Alrajhi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Naif Alrajhi Investment company, said “We are delighted to partner with Jones the Grocer and its supreme offering to further expand and diversify our portfolio in the promising food and beverage sector. We are confident that Jones the Grocer will become a competitive dining destination due to the constant demand for quality and unique restaurants in Saudi Arabia.”

Yunib Siddiqui, Chief Executive Officer of Jones the Grocer, said “We’ve come a long way since our first ever store in Sydney, Australia twenty-two years ago and our first opening in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi in 2009. We’re thrilled to be working with Naif Alrajhi Investment Company and look forward to building incredibly successful stores with their team across Saudi Arabia over the next few years.”

The first Jones the Grocer flagship store is confirmed to be at the ground floor with access to the retail area of Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh in an iconic new tower designed by world-renowned Tokyo architect, Nikken Sekkei. This site will feature gourmet grocery retail, a halal charcuterie, a bakery and patisserie and Jones the Grocer’s hallmark artisan cheese-room which will set the benchmark for store design and gourmet food retail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

In conjunction to the established Jones the Grocer formats the multi-store rollout across the Kingdom also encompasses the incredibly successful Jones the Grocer Express, a compact gourmet ‘grab and go’ offer tailored for high traffic travel and commercial hubs.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.