BY RIANNE PEREDO
Port of Mocha, which had eight locations before closing six last year, will be opening five drive throughs and three standalone cafés in 2020. Sanjay Dewan, owner, said changing customer dynamics was the reason behind the relocations.
“We wanted to relocate to more areas based on [customer] convenience and underserviced routes,” Dewan said.
The first launch for this year is its new location inside the Grab & Go convenience store. The seating capacity will be 24 people, and the menu will be the same as its main location at the Guam Premier Outlets. The Grab & Go location is set to open this month.
Grab & Go offers hot and cold food, drinks and alcoholic beverages; it is owned by Dewan’s sister, Ranjna Dewan.
Dewan plans to have Port of Mocha locations in all regions of the island — north, central and south. For the Grab & Go location, ten employees will be hired. He is currently in the process of hiring employees. For the additional locations, Dewan said around 50 more employees will be hired.
With the local minimum wage set to increase on March 1, Dewan said Port of Mocha will be offering $10 an hour for baristas, as opposed to the new increase to $8.75. “They will be earning $10 an hour with tips,” said Dewan. mbj