Dubai Mall F&B outlets cash in on new metro link

Tea house Booba says new station has led him in search of more staff

Kirill Kossinski, owner of Booba.
Kirill Kossinski, owner of Booba.

The new metro link to the Dubai Mall is greatly benefitting nearby business, a local tea-house has reported.

Booba tea house, located in the Dubai Mall, reported a significant upsurge in sales following the recent opening of the AED 120 million metro link to the mall, which is expected to carry up to 30,000 people a day.

Kirill Kossinski, owner of Booba, which opened its first store on the top floor of the Dubai Mall in November, said: “There is no doubt Booba has benefited greatly from the new metro link as there’s a huge increase in the amount of footfall passing the shop.

"It has really helped to heighten the brand awareness of our product so much so that Booba recorded record sales just six days after the walkway opened,” he added.

Booba served more than 250 drinks during peak hours to people either entering or leaving the mall following the opening of the station.

Kossinski says the increase has prompted him into considering whether to employ more staff so “customer service remains first class”.

He  also commented that the positive results are encouraging him to swiftly put expansion plans into place.

“I had always set my sights on opening a second Booba shop during 2013. The recent results have further fuelled my motivation to move that process forward and make it happen soon rather than later.

“The strategic location of any business is vital and after seeing increased business directly connected to Booba’s current proximity to Dubai Mall Metro Link I’ll be looking for a similar position close to a transport hub for my second shop probably in another mall,” he added.

The chain's second outlet is expected to open by April 2013.

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