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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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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Filipino in possession of a great hunger must be in want of Jollibee.

ISA PA, ISA PA, ISA PANG CHICKENJOY.
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ISA PA, ISA PA, ISA PANG CHICKENJOY.

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.

Courtesy of Jollibee

So, really, it's JolliBAE whom most Filipinos miss when they're living/working outside the Philippines.

But I come bearing GOOD NEWS: Jollibee is about to open its first branch in Manhattan!

JolliBradshaw kuno.
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JolliBradshaw kuno.

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.

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.”
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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.

At ang layo kasi ng Jackson Heights from Brooklyn, beh.
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At ang layo kasi ng Jackson Heights from Brooklyn, beh.

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.

But the real question is: Will we find Jollibee dancing in the middle of Time Square???

So mark your calendars for the fall, when we — like this buzzer — will get jolly and vibrate with (Chicken)joy.

BuzzFeed Philippines has reached out to Jollibee for comment.

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