09 Mar Mugg & Bean – Ben Filmalter
“It has been our pleasure and privilege to work closely with Design Partnership firstly in the development of the Mugg & Bean’s original CI in South Africa, our first and very successful CI revamp six years ago and of course the ongoing relationship we have with them to date in our international ventures.”
– Ben Filmalter – Managing Director – Quantum Development SA (Pty) Ltd
The Design Partnership team, under the personal direction of one of their principals, Callie van der Merwe has played a significant design and execution role in the development of the Mugg & Bean brand since it’s South African inception from 1998. It was therefore a foregone conclusion that they were design house choice for our development into Africa and more particularly in the Middle East when those opportunities arose more than 10 years ago.
Quantum Development remains the International license holders of the Mugg & Bean Brand in all territories outside of Africa after having sold the African interests to Famous Brands in 2010. Design Partnership as developers of the current setup continue to develop and execute our store designs for the Middle East our biggest off-shore operation base.
For the last 10 years Quantum Development SA (Pty) Ltd has, with partners, the Al Massood family of Abu Dhabi operated M&B’s throughout the GCC region under the banner of Mugg & Bean UAE. Design Partnership has developed every one of the 15 stores opened in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Ras al Khamer.
The Middle East and particular Saudi Arabia are extremely difficult environments to conduct business and interacting with local construction companies is all but impossible but it has been a pleasure to witness, once trust has been established, Design Partnership ability to deliver the goods through cooperative and flexible approach. The support and quick turnaround times assisted in creating the trust and the availability of design decision makers, when complexities arose furthered the confidence by the locals in Design Partnership’s commitment. All of this close-cooperation resulting in a seamless and efficient execution, the distance seemed not to matter.
It has been our pleasure and privilege to work closely with Design Partnership firstly in the development of the Mugg & Bean’s original CI in South Africa, our first and very successful CI revamp six years ago and of course the ongoing relationship we have with them to date in our international ventures.