Hein Kaiser
Journalist
3 minute read
30 May 2022
4:45 am

Making business a Plus factor

Hein Kaiser

Jose Carvalho grows brand from one to 27 stores and adds distribution firm

Jose Carvalho, the owner of Plus Express in his Rosedene branch, 27 May 2022. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Just a few minutes with entrepreneur Jose Carvalho could leave anyone energised and believing nothing is impossible, no matter the odds. Carvalho is the owner of the rapidly growing convenience store Plus, a partner in several shopping centres, a hotel or two, a beverage company and more. He started from a tiny base and in two decades achieved stuff nothing short of exceptional. When he was 14, he was shipped across the Atlantic from Madeira to join his dad at the family’s Elandsfontein convenience store. He leapt in and worked for his dad for two years. Carvalho said: “I was...