The FINANCIAL — Wissol has launched a recreation and service complex on a section of the Gori highway. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and the Minister of Regional Development Ramaz Nikolaishvili attended the opening of the strategic complex.
The Wissol recreation and service complex is multifunctional. Wissol branded CNG and petrol stations, a Wissol AutoExpress service centre offering French Total lubricants, “Smart” supermarket with a wide range of products, fast food restaurant “Smart-cafe”, and a parking zone for trucks, buses and cars are all located at the complex. In addition Wissol decided to help traditional roadside sellers and created a corner for agricultural products giving local people the opportunity to sell their fruits and vegetables on the roadside in a comfortable environment.
“Georgia is becoming more and more attractive to foreign tourists and transportation companies. Such complexes make their journeys through Georgia incomparably comfortable. Furthermore the Georgian population will also have the opportunity to access such necessary services while travelling on the highway,” said Samson Pkhakadze, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wissol Group.
“It is also important for us that we have restored an old tradition and created a completely different and yet convenient space for local people to sell their agricultural products at the roadside. We have a small agricultural market at our complex where products are presented in keeping with all sanitary norms. We offer the newest products to customers, which are replaced with fresh ones every day. I am sure that our customers will be happy with the restoration of an old tradition yet with a much improved and smartened look,” Pkakadze said.
Wissol Group invested several million GEL in opening the Gori complex. The architecture of the complex is that of the famous German architect Jürgen Mayer. Delta holding, daughter company of Wissol Group implemented the construction works. From the Georgian side, famous architects from the company Qobulia and Partners worked on the project. About 150 people were employed at the complex during its period of construction.
“We are proud of the fact that a Georgian construction company has managed to create such a well designed and high class architectural building which now presents its own opportunities. The building was constructed in a record period of time as it was built in just 14 days. Each member of our company worked very hard on implementing this project,” said Levan Kalmakhelidze, General Director of Delta Holding.
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili himself checked the services available at the opening ceremony of the complex.
“Such places are a dream for those on the road. You can sit, like in the best places in Sweden or America, but even in America there are no places quite like this. You can sit with your laptop, receive information, work, rest and then continue on your journey. We could not have imagined such a place even just two or three years ago. Georgia is moving forward very rapidly in becoming a civilized country. We still have economic problems, low incomes, but we are developing,” Saakashvili said.
At the moment about 100 people are employed at the complex inlcuding refugees who were internally displaced after the Georgian-Russian conflict in 2008. Each of the employees was specially trained at the Wissol Group academy.