Australian gourmet brand Jones the Grocer expands to India & Qatar

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Jones the Grocer Express at DIFC
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Jones the Grocer, the Australian gourmet grocer and café, has pushed its global expansion into India and Qatar in partnership with US-based HMS Host International, the global market leader in airport and travel dining and hospitality.

The first Jones the Grocer Express opened at Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport in Terminal 1, airside domestic departures. The openings in India mark a phase of strategic expansion for Jones the Grocer in travel channels.

Jones the Grocer will open two outlets, an all-day tapas concept Jones Social, as well as a Jones the Grocer Express, at Doha’s Hammad International Airport, which was recently named as Skytrax’s World Best Airport 2022.

Yunib Siddiqui
Yunib Siddiqui
CEO – Jones the Grocer

“The Indian diaspora, with their close affinity to the UAE, are very familiar with Jones the Grocer across its locations in UAE, and of course our Jones Express stores at Dubai Airport operated by HMS Host International. I am really pleased to be furthering our successful cooperation with HMS Host and making our first foray into India at Bangalore International Airport.”

“We’re thrilled to build on our strong global history with the Jones the Grocer brand as it begins its first activities in our country and looks forward to our guests seeing that this is really a place to be,” commented Mr. Jagvir Rana, HMSHost International Regional Managing Director, India and the Middle East.

HMS Host International already operates three stores at Dubai Airport, two in Terminal 3 and one in Terminal 2. In the first quarter of 2023, the partnership is set to open a long-awaited flagship store at Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield airport.

With more locations set to open across Saudi Arabia, these openings will take Jones the Grocer over the milestone of 30+ branches underscoring the brand’s steady regional and global expansion.

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