Jollibee eyes third UK location

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Jollibee eyes third UK restaurant location

Related tags: Filipino cuisine, Restaurant, Leicester, Fried chicken, QSR, Fast food

Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is understood to have lined up its third UK location in Leicester, which will become its “flagship branch in the Midlands”.

According to Leicestershire Live​, the brand has submitted plans to Leicester City Council for a site in the city’s Haymarket Shopping Centre.

Last month it was announced that Jollibee had submitted plans to open its second UK site in Liverpool​,​ with the intention for it to be the chain’s “flagship branch in the North of England”.

Jollibee opened its first UK restaurant in London’s Earl’s Court last year, with some diners reportedly queuing for 18 hours at the launch event.

Soon after, the brand announced plans to launch three further UK sites in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.

Jollibee is best known for its Chickenjoy fried chicken; Jolly Spaghetti, which is topped with chopped up hot dogs and tomato sauce; and a breakfast dish of corned beef with garlic rice and egg.

Speaking to BigHospitality​ last year, Jollibee president and head of international business Dennis Flores said he was confident the brand would appeal to UK locals as well as Filipinos.

“We’re very confident given our track record in Singapore and Hong Kong where over 50% of our customers are locals,” he said.

“The feedback that we got from London locals told us even more that we can and will be successful here.”

Founded in 1978, the Jollibee group operates 2,700 outlets across the Philippines, making it the largest fast food group in the country.

It also owns most of the US chain Smashburger, operates Vietnam’s Highlands Coee and Pho 24 noodle chains, runs Dunkin’ Donuts in some territories of China, and the Burger King franchise in the Philippines.

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