So, the rumours are true! The American fast food chain that has made many of us fall in love with the root beer float, curly fries, Coney dogs and waffles will be returning to our shores in 2018.
After leaving Singapore more than 10 years ago, A&W – which stands for “Allen and Wright” – confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Tuesday (4 July) that the company is on track to expand in Southeast Asia, including in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
“We are on track to open 30 to 40 new restaurants a year between these four countries,” said A&W CEO Kevin Bazner over email, who added that A&W has already built an office in Singapore in 2016 to prepare for this expansion and is currently looking for “real estate for a flagship company restaurant in Singapore”.
The A&W flagship restaurant, which is expected to open in 2018, “will serve as a training store for Southeast Asia”. Said Bazner, “Once the first location is open, we will begin actively franchising with a goal of opening our first franchise restaurant towards the back half of 2018.”
So there it is guys – A&W, which was Singapore’s first fast-food chain, will be returning to the country.
According to the National Library Board resources, A&W opened its first outlet in Singapore in 1966 at Dunearn Road, paving the way for other fast-food chains in the country such as KFC and McDonalds, which launched in Singapore in 1977 and 1979, respectively.
A&W, which is also America’s oldest franchise restaurant chain, opened what was probably Singapore’s first drive-in fast food restaurant at Bukit Timah Road in 1970. In 2003, A&W reportedly shut its five outlets in Singapore.
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