Two of three MacDonald’s Chicken
Delite restaurants closed their doors this past weekend, victims of Cayman’s
Speaking for the family-owned
business, Joey Hew said the restaurant in Industrial Park closed Friday and the
MacDonald’s in Savannah closed Sunday. He said the restaurant in George Town
next to The Office Lounge would remain open.
“The decision to close those two
locations was driven by the slowdown in the economy,” Mr. Hew said. “Because of
the slowdown, we looked at our businesses and decided restauranteuring is not a
part of our core business.”
Mr. Hew spoke about the reason for
keeping the downtown restaurant open.
“It’s been in the family business
for more than 30 years,” he said, adding that the family has been operating the
restaurant since the early 1980s and bought the property on which it sits in
Business at all three restaurant
locations had actually picked up since October, Mr. Hew said, but not enough to
keep the two closed restaurants open.
“We just don’t have the time and
energy to keep them open,” he said,
The majority of the employees who
worked at the two closed restaurants have been given places elsewhere in the
family’s group of businesses, Mr. Hew said, adding that the two locations had
been run with “very slim” staff contingents in any case.
The MacDonald’s Industrial Park
location opened in 2005. The Savannah location in Countryside Shopping Village
opened in late 2006, Mr. Hew said.
“We gave it a good