Honey Lush now in Putatan

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KOTA KINABALU: The pandemic have caused many businesses to close shop but it did not deter Hafeez Almudin from starting his own food and beverage franchise – Honey Lush.

The 33-year-old entrepreneur started his franchise business in April this year and six months later, nine Honey Lush branches have opened up throughout the state.

Datuk Joniston Bangkuai together with Honey Lush franchise owner Hafeez Almudin (left) and Honey Lush Putatan branch managers Roy Fadly Evaristus and Amanda Jane Jonimun.-STB Media Team

“It was challenging as people were not going out as much like before. Sometimes, we only have two or three customers coming into the shop but still, we try to make use of food delivery applications like Grab and Food Panda,” he said.

His franchising journey began with an inspiration to bring a new idea of food to Sabah, especially dessert.

“We become the first (franchise) offering dessert that combines honeycomb with soft-serve ice cream. Thank God it went viral and Sabah people like it very much,” he said.

Honey Lush franchise owner Hafeez Almudin.

Hafeez said they have five ice-cream items and five beverage items on their menu.

“Our research and development team is already designing new ice-cream flavours, such as chocolate syringe ice-cream and ice-cream ‘bakar’.

“Hopefully, it will be launched in December,” he said, adding they are also targeting to expand the franchise to Sarawak and Brunei.

Today, State Tourism, Culture, and Environment Assistant Minister cum Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai launched Honey Lush’s sixth outlet in Putatan.

Datuk Joniston Bangkuai signing the plaque to commemorate the opening of Honey Lush’s sixth outlet in Putatan, while franchise owner Hafeez Almudin (centre) and Putatan branch manager Roy Fadly Evaristus look on.-STB Media Team

The Honey Lush Putatan branch is managed by a young couple Roy Fadly Evaristus and Amanda Jane Jonimun.

Bangkuai commended Hafeez for his boldness in taking the plunge to start a franchise business when most businesses are still grappling with the effect of the pandemic.

“His decision reflected confidence and optimism of a speedy economic recovery. Indeed, food and beverage play an important role in the tourism industry. Having our very own franchise allows our food-loving travellers to enjoy and have a taste of our locally produced food and drinks.

Datuk Joniston Bangkuai in a casual moment with Honey Lush franchise owner Hafeez Almudin (centre) and Honey Lush Putatan branch manager Roy Fadly Evaristus.-STB Media Team

“Therefore, I hope that with hard work and effective promotional effort, the Sabah home-grown franchise Honey Lush would soon see the opening of outlets in other states and eventually internationally,” he said.

Bangkuai also believed that Hafeez’s entrepreneurial creativity and innovativeness would inspire others his age to venture into a successful business.-BorneoGazette

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