It’s an understatement to say that people in Singapore are serious about food. American fast food chain A&W was the first fast food restaurant to open in Singapore back in 1966, way before McDonald’s and KFC opened shop here. A&W, named after the founders Allen and Wright, is known for their root beer served in frosty mugs, Coney Dogs and curly fries.
Bubble tea chain Gong Cha will be launching a flagship store at SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar, following a brief hiatus from the Singapore market. Photos posted online by radio station 987FM on Monday (2 October) showed notices put up at the outlet's storefront which said it would opening in December. The store is currently undergoing construction.
Bubble tea brand Gong Cha has appointed a new Master Franchisee, headed by Mr Bean founder Kang Puay Seng, to lead its relaunch and expansion in Singapore. In a statement on Friday (4 Aug), Royal Taiwan Tea Co. Ltd, the company behind the Gong Cha brand, said Kang had “extensive experience in running food and beverage businesses”, growing the soy milk brand to nearly 70 stores before selling the business.
Fans of bubble tea chain Gong Cha were left reeling - and rushing to get their final drinks - last week, when it was announced that all 80 existing Gong Cha outlets in Singapore would be replaced by homegrown brand LiHo, but their shock might have been premature.
Fans of Gong Cha were caught by surprise when news broke last weekend that the Taiwanese bubble tea business would be ceasing operations across its 80 outlets in Singapore by 5 June, as part of its re-branding efforts to LiHo.