First it was Domino’s Pizza, now it’s Jollibee! With Domino’s Pizza being the latest hot spot in Kota Kinabalu, we’ve gained another hot spot as Jollibee has opened its franchise in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
This has been a long running saga. A struggle that has gone on for the last few years. You may have seen it in the news about the Philippines, as Philippines Airlines was forced to close down its domestic operations due to poor sales. It was a sad day. However, it is an opportunity for a new airline to grow and for the Philippines to get back into the airlines game.
Known as “the McDonald’s of Philippines”, parking their 1st Malaysia outlet at Centre Point with their grand opening on 15/12/2018 (Saturday)! And did you know, this is technically the first branch in Malaysia.
Back in the 1990s, Jollibee has already made its way to Sabah, but unfortunately had to shut down in 1997 due to the Asian Financial crisis back then. They decided to reopen in the East Malaysia because Sabah is nearer to Philippines and has a large community of Filipinos.
So what is it that has me writing this article? Well, believe it or not but Jollibee is back. Yes, that iconic Philippines fast food chain which took the world by storm in the late nineties is back. In fact, it is opening up its first store in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
So what happened?
Jollibee first opened its doors in 1985. It is a fastfood chain which specializes in Cream Cubia. It is owned by Summit Foods Corporation (a company listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange). The brand started in the Metro Manila region but its popularity soon spread to international markets.
In 1997 the company opened its first international location, in Dubai. It is a brand that is beloved in countries like Malaysia, the Philippines and even in the Middle East. In recent years, Jollibee has decreased its international presence. However, it has continued to maintain a strong presence in its home country.
So why has Jollibee come back?
Well, it seems that Summit Foods Corporation sees this as a perfect time for the company to build back its international presence. This is great news for fans of the brand.
The first store was located in the city center of Kota Kinabalu. It is the same location that Jollibee used to occupy before the company closed its stores in 2011.
This store is fairly small and holds only around 40 seats. However, it is set amongst some of the busiest foot traffic in the area.
The inside of the store is split into 4 sections. The first is the counter where customers can buy their food. This counter is setup just like the counter in any Jollibee store elsewhere in the world. There is a menu board above this.
The next section is the dining area. There are around 80 wooden chairs and tables set up here. This is where customers can enjoy their meals.
Next to the dining area is a kiosk. This kiosk is setup just like a Jollibee Kiosk. Customers can pick up a menu, order their food and pay for it at the cashier counter.
Finally, the last section of the store is a waiting area. This part of the store is quite small. It is divided into three sections. The first section is a display area. In this area, there are jars of syrup, sauces, tea and coffee. There is also a section where the customers can self serve coffee.
Jollibee is a popular Philippines fast food joint. They are well-known for their tasty fried chicken, spaghetti pan, cheesy hotdog bun and many more! We’re glad to have a taste of their lip-smacking menu!
Overall, SEATS.my would like to give Jollibee a big hug as we welcome them back to Kota Kinabalu. Jollibee’s return is great news for them and also for us! And fellow Sabahans, we now get bragging rights to our West Malaysian friends because we get Jollibee before they could!
Location: Centre Point, Ground Floor, Side Entrance, Jalan Coastal (Infront of Servay Premier)
Time: 9AM-10PM Daily
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/JozdBr4FByn
Serve no pork.