Managing director of Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) Mark Myers, in a video currently circulating on social media, has indicated that as a result of an over 50 per cent drop in sales because of COVID-19, ROJ was left with no alternative but to cut staff.
Restaurants of Jamaica (ROJ) will reduce its staff complement due to declining sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fall-out from the virus has seen sales reduced by more than 50 per cent across its KFC and Pizza Hut franchises, said ROJ’s Managing Director, Mark Myers, in a video on social media.
“Notwithstanding, even amidst this very difficult decision to reduce staff, we will continue to do everything we can, for as long as we can…”– Restaurant of Jamaica Managing Director, Mark Myers
“Over the past few weeks, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of customers in our restaurants and, by extension, a reduction in sales and transactions to less than half of what they used to be,” Myers said.
“These are truly challenging times, and unfortunately we face even tougher times ahead. To sustain the business, in this time of crisis, we have been cutting expenses throughout the company in all areas, at all levels, but we have tried our best to maintain all salaries despite having less available work and having to reduce working hours.”
Myers continued that: “It is with a very heavy heart that we are now faced with having to make some painful decisions that we have been trying to avoid. The reality is that due to the unexpected prolonging of this event (COVID-19), we can no longer retain the number of staff currently on our payroll, and unfortunately we will have to do some layoffs.”
No figure was given for the number of people who may be out of a job, but Myers said discussions will be had with its employees by its operational and human resource leaders.
“Notwithstanding, even amidst this very difficult decision to reduce staff, we will continue to do everything we can, for as long as we can, to keep on as many of you, our valued team, as long as possible,” he said.
There are almost 40 KFC restaurants and a dozen Pizza Hut locations in Jamaica.