Jollibee opens branch in Glasgow, Scotland

JOLLIBEE Food Corp. (JFC) announced on Wednesday that it opened its first Jollibee store on Sauchiehall St. in Glasgow, Scotland, following its debut in Edinburgh a few weeks ago.

This marks the second Jollibee store to open in Scotland and the 14th across Europe.

“We are really excited to be here in Glasgow to launch our second store in Scotland and our 11th in the UK, especially as Glasgow is such a hotspot for foodies. Seeing the enthusiasm of Glaswegians queuing outside in anticipation of the store opening is amazing, and we hope to introduce more people to the delicious flavors and diverse food we have to offer,” Adam Parkinson, business head of Jollibee Europe, said in a statement.

JFC reported that over 140 people were already in queue before the store’s opening.

The branch will serve Chickenjoy, the Jollibee Chicken Sandwich, Jolly Spaghetti, and the Yumburger, among other menu items. Like the Edinburgh store, the Glasgow restaurant will also serve halal meat.

Last month, Jollibee opened on Princes St. in Edinburgh, the restaurant chain’s first venture into Scotland.

JFC said it is continuing its plans to expand across the United Kingdom and be in every major city, as part of its large-scale European expansion plan to grow to 50 stores in 5 years.

To date, Jollibee has over 1,500 stores in 17 countries.

“Jollibee’s continuous global expansion forms part of the Jollibee Group’s vision to become one of the top five restaurant companies globally,” the company said.

JFC operates in 34 countries, with over 5,900 stores globally and branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, and India.

It has eight wholly owned brands, namely: Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, and Smashburger; six franchised brands — Burger King, Panda Express, PHO24, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, Dunkin’ and Tim Ho Wan in some areas in China.

At the stock exchange on Wednesday, JFC shares were up by P1.80 or 0.78% to close at P231.60 apiece. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson