- The Straits Times
Jollibee’s plan for world domination definitely includes Malaysia: over 100 outlets are expected to open their doors in the country within the next 10 years, Borneo Post reported on Thursday (Feb 21).
Of these, 50 stores – almost half – are planned for Sabah and Sarawak, it added.
According to Borneo Post, Jollibee founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong said the chain was encouraged to expand its Malaysia operations after “overwhelming response” to its first outlet, which opened in Sabah last December.
According to website 4-Traders, the chain chose to start off in Sabah due to the sizable Filipino migrant community there.
In Borneo Post’s report, Jollibee Foods Corporation president Dennis Flores said that the chain’s plans for expansion in Malaysia would push it closer to its goal of being one of the top five restaurant companies in the world.
It is currently in 11th place, he added.
Last year, Jollibee announced that it planned to open 500 new stores worldwide. It is currently operating in 21 countries, including the US.
Flores added that the new Malaysia stores are expected to hire about 30 local staff per outlet.