U.S. Embassy Welcomes Iconic American Brands to Abuja (September 17, 2015)

charge_dominos-abuja Abuja residents and visitors were thrilled to witness food being served with humor, joy, and entertainment at the grand opening of Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery in Abuja on September 17.

The Abuja store is the fourteenth and largest Domino’s and Cold Stone outlets in the country. Thirteen stores already exist in the Lagos, Ibadan, and Enugu areas of Nigeria.

Speaking at the event, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Maria E. Brewer said the grand opening of two of America’s most recognizable franchises offers a perfect example of how Nigerian entrepreneurs can work with international partners to bring the best products and services to Nigeria.

dominos-cake-cutting-abujaChargé Brewer said, “Opening this Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery in Abuja not only brings a taste of America to Abuja, but deepens the economic and cultural ties between our two countries, generating jobs for Nigerians, expanding opportunities for Nigerian suppliers, and giving Abuja residents and visitors a high quality food and service experience.”

Mrs. Brewer also emphasized that Nigeria’s economy, its entrepreneurial spirit, and tremendous development potential lead to great opportunities for both U.S. and Nigerian businesses.

Jean Claude Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Eat N’ Go (franchisee of Domino’s and Cold Stone in Nigeria), cut the ribbon to open the door formally to Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery customers.  They also joined other representatives of the two American franchises, their partners, and Nigerian business and government officials to cut an anniversary cake and taste the food.

“This opening is the kind of opportunity we would like to see in Nigeria repeated many times over.  Successful partnerships bring about the best in commercial relations between Nigerians and Americans, between businesses and consumers, and send a signal to others that Nigeria’s growing market for American products and services is a good place to be,” said Mrs. Brewer.