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Stop Everything: Jollibee Is Opening Its First Manhattan Store

Jollibee Food Corporation has signed on retail space at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Commercial Observer has learned.

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You know, Jollibee! Named after the anthropomorphic bee that is its mascot, it's a Filipino fast food chain known for its crispy fried chicken, delicious burgers, and spaghetti with hotdogs.


The Commercial Observer reports that the Jollibee Food Corporation has struck a deal to lease retail space (2,723 sq. feet!!) at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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A rep for Jollibee's new landlord said, “Jollibee is primed for success at 609 Eighth Avenue given its optimum location near the bus terminal and the neighborhood’s heavy foot traffic. There is a large Filipino population in New Jersey, many of whom commute through Port Authority every day. This will be a tremendous help in introducing the chain to Manhattan.”

This is exciting stuff — mainly for those of us who don't live in Queens or nearby New Jersey. But more Jollibees in the area means less siksikan in crowded branches.

When the Manhattan branch opens in the fall of 2016, the New York City area will have a grand total of 3 Jollibee stores — compared to the 2 in Las Vegas, 4 in Hawaii, and (lol) 22 in California.

Texas, Washington, and Virginia also have one each because Filipinos are everywhere.