A dish served at Kofta Diva, one of the businesses that took base in Kontena Park. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe) revamped food and beverage (F&B) incubation space Kontena Park has garnered more than 19,000 customers since restarting its operations with nine local businesses last month.

DARe’s marketing arm BizBrunei reported the number, explaining that the figure was tallied based on the total receipts made by all of the nine vendors throughout last month, adding their confidence over the park’s capability to give them the necessary experience and exposure to better run their businesses.

A dish served at one of the vendors in Kontena Park. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The Kontena Park which was reopened on September 21 aimed to give startups and affordable base to start and expand their businesses from.
The re-designed Kontena Park in Anggerek Desa is made up of eight, 6.1 metre square container units in a row which serve as the front service area, each with its own 6.5 metre square extension housing a certified kitchen in the rear.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein speaking with some of the vendors in Kontena Park. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein and other DARe board members recently visited the revamped facility to inspect its progress.

The entourage received several updates from DARe’s management, who will be meeting with vendors regularly to assist their business development phases.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein passing by Top Folk, one of the popular vendors at Kontena Park. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abd Rahman, member of Legislative Council and DARe Board checking out a vendor at Kontena Park. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

DARe’s Executive Officer Mohd Khairul Azmi Mohd Salleh said the residing businesses had been offered a one year tenancy at a rental of $350 monthly, with a view of helping them ready their expansion for the wider market as homegrown F&B brands who could potentially establish retail chains or franchises.

“As an incubation space for locally-owned, locally-run F&B businesses, we will be helping out the tenants by monitoring sales, overall traffic, to see what strategies can be taken for improvement,” the executive officer said.

“They will also have access to DARe’s ecosystem which includes training programmes, workshops and financing,” he added.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein in a group picture with other DARe board members, DARe officials and vendors at the Kontena Park. Image: DARe

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