PH officials visit Jollibee London store
Ahead of the grand debut of Jollibee in London later next month, the globalizing fast-food chain rolled out the red carpet for Philippine Cabinet members who were in town for an economic forum.
In what was described as a “display of solidarity and Filipino pride,” Jollibee recently welcomed Philippine Cabinet secretaries to its first-ever Jollibee store in the UK a month before its scheduled grand opening in October.
The visit coincided with the Philippine Economic Briefing in London, where government officials presented before the UK-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Council the latest updates on various government programs.
The delegation that visited the inaugural Jollibee store included Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Public Works and Highway Secretary Mark Villar, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.
Likewise part of the delegation were Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and CEO Vivencio Dizon, Representatives Pia Cayetano and Wes Gatchalian, and Philippine Ambassador to the UK Antonio Manuel Lagdameo.
The officials were welcomed by Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) chief executive Ernesto Tanmantiong and Dennis Flores, president and head of Jollibee International Business for Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Daniel Robert Pruce, UK ambassador to the Philippines, also visited the store as a sign of support from the British community.
“We are truly delighted and excited to be opening and introducing Jollibee to this part of the world. I, together with our Jollibee International and store teams, sincerely appreciate your presence in today’s event. We are sincerely humbled by your visit as we partner for economic progress and help contribute to bringing honor to our country,” said Tanmantiong. “As we have done in other markets such as Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and Hong Kong, we envision to successfully serve the delicious food and warm service of Jollibee not only to the Filipino community here but also to the local British people,” he added.
The Jollibee UK store, which is slated to open on Oct. 20, is among the overseas branches that the homegrown fast-food chain is opening abroad. It is also opening stores in Macau and New York this year.
JFC operates 12 brands with more than 4,000 stores across 20 countries. Since 2013, it has been Asia’s most valuable restaurant chain. It now aspires to be among the top five restaurant chains globally.
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