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Answering the call from hungry fans in Malaysia, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC)- the world’s largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company-announced that it will open 100 Jollibee stores in Malaysia in the next 10 years.
The rapidly-expanding JFC started from merely two ice cream parlours in the Philippines and has grown to 14 brands in 21 countries with over 4,500 stores across the globe, of which over 1,300 are Jollibee branches.
Opening day of first Jollibee in Malaysia (Read the article, HERE)
Jollibee opened the doors of its milestone store in Malaysia to over a thousand excited patrons at Center Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu in December 2018. On the opening day, long lines of customers waited for hours to get their hands on Jollibee’s beloved Chickenjoy, which crispylicious juicylicious taste has gained an international following and impressed even the late celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain.
The long queue of hungry fans continued to be sighted even a week after the opening and it stays that way until the grand opening today (20 February 2019).
Mr.Tony Tan Caktiong (Right)
Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong, Chairman and Founder of JFC said at the grand opening today; “We are very happy with the overwhelming response and warm welcome we received from our Malaysian customers here in our milestone store in Malaysia. This has given us encouragement to reach more Malaysians with our delicious menu and friendly service.”
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-L-R: Dancer, Shahrul Zulkelfi (Restaurant Manager), Dennis Flores (President and Head of International Business, JFC EMEAA), Patrick Chong (Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd), YB Assafal P.Alian (Assistant Minister, Ministry of Sabah Tourism), Tony Tan Caktiong (Founder and Chairman of JFC), Mascot, H.E Charles Jose (Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia), Jennie Chua (Shareholder of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd), Col.Jamal Salleh (Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd). Mr. Kenny Chan (Deputy Chief Director, Finance Department of DBKK) & Richard Wong, Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd), Dancer. (Credits: Jollibee Malaysia)
Jollibee has successfully crossed diverse markets and palates as evident in the chain’s popularity in numerous countries. In its home based in the Philippines, it is bigger than two of its closest competitors combined.
Jollibee celebrates the inauguration of its milestone Malaysia store with an iconic Chickenjoy Toast. (Credits: Jollibee Malaysia)
In photo from left – right:
(Front row) Patrick Chong (Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd), Jennie Chua (Shareholder of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd), YB Assafal P. Alian (Assistant Minister from the Ministry of Sabah Tourism), Tony Tan Caktiong (Founder and Chairman of JFC), H. E. Charles Jose (Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia), and Col. Jamal Salleh, (Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd).
(Back row) Mr. Joseph Abuan, Dennis Flores (President and Head of International Business, JFC EMEAA), Shahzul Zulkefli (Restaurant Manager), Mr. Kenny Chan, Deputy Chief Director (Finance Department of DBKK), Mr. Edward Arandia (Vice President and Head for Jollibee International Marketing – EMEAA), Mr. Rodel Alcantara (AVP and Head for International Business of Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe), Mr. Mitsuhiko Abe (President, Caring for Future Malaysia), Ms. Pauline Lao (Head of Media and Corporate Communications, JFC), Ms. Rosa Katrina Banzon (Commercial Attaché, Philippine Trade and Investment Center, Kuala Lumpur), and Mr. Richard Wong (Director of Golden Beeworks Sdn Bhd)
The fastest growing fast-food restaurant already has over 100 stores in Vietnam. Jollibee is also the number one fast food joint in Brunei. In Hong Kong and Singapore, local patrons make up over half of its customer base.
Dennis Flores, President and Head of JFC International Business for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia
“We foresee our expansion plan to not only boost Jollibee’s strong growth, but also contribute to the local economy and employment rate. Currently in our Center Point Sabah store, there are about 45 staff. In every new Jollibee store, we expect to hire and average of 30 local staff, depending on the size of the restaurant,” added Dennis Flores, President and Head of JFC International Business for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Mock cheque presentation to Caring for the Future Malaysia
To share the joy of its foray in Malaysia, Jollibee has donated to Caring for the Future Malaysia, to support the children under its care. Jollibee also invited the children to the store at Center Point Sabah earlier for a fun-filled afternoon of activities and dinner at the restaurant.
Jollibee executives, led by JFC President and Head for International Business – EMEAA Dennis Flores, and Golden Beeworks Directors Col. Mohd Jamal Salleh, Patrick Chong, and Richard Wong, hosted a fun-filled afternoon of activities for the children of Caring For the Future Malaysia (CFFM) at the Jollibee store in Centre Point Sabah. Jollibee partnered with CFFM as a way of giving back to the community, in line with its commitment to spread joy to everyone
“At Jollibee, we believe in giving back to the community that supports us. Hence, we have always been committed to spread joy and lend a helping hand to the underprivileged, especially to children and families withing the community where our stores operate,” added Flores.
*largest in terms of market capitalization, fastest growing in terms of store network