Charleys Philly Steaks opened its second, flagship location yesterday at the Solomon’s Super Center property on Old Trail Road.Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson, who brought remarks during the official launch event, lauded the owners for supporting their employees and continuing to grow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thompson said Charleys franchise owners Samuel and Tanya Bethel were able to keep their business afloat last year with the help of a business continuity loan through the Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre.
“To be able to sustain your business and support your employees during the economic challenges that the pandemic has caused is a great accomplishment,” Thompson said.
“The coronavirus pandemic halted progress for so many business owners here and around the world. We knew what kind of threat this would pose to families and our economy. This is why the Access Accelerator program of the Small Business Development Centre began its initiative.
“We are honored that the Bethels were able to take advantage of this assistance to sustain their business. In speaking with our team last week, Mr. and Mrs. Bethel expressed that without this assistance from the SBDC, their savings would have been depleted.
“SBDC’s funding was able to cover their rent-related expenses, support their staff and reduce debt with their local suppliers.”
Thompson said the expansion of Charley’s from its Marathon Mall location is a testament to the success of the Access Accelerator.
“This establishment is clear evidence of this,” he said. “I’ve been made aware that senior executives from the corporate base in the US have also flown down to attend today’s event. I am pleased to know that this opening is being used as a sign of prosperity amongst your franchises and especially for this region. I’ve been told this grand opening is being featured in publications like Entrepreneur and Fortune magazine. This is well-deserved coverage that I’m sure Mr. Bethel is proud to be part of.”