Jollibee, the worldwide fast foods chain from the Philippines with a hyper-loyal fanbase, will open its 1st locale in the increased D.C. spot this 7 days. The business announced today its new retail store at the Westfield mall in Wheaton, Maryland, will open for buckets of fried “chickenjoy” with brown gravy, “yumburgers,” sweet cheesy spaghetti loaded with hot canines and ham, peach mango handpies, and other favorites on Thursday, April 8.
The new retail outlet (2800 College Boulevard West, Suite C.) will open every working day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Buyers can cell phone in preorders to 240-657-9850 up to two hrs in advance of time and will obtain a textual content information alerting them when it is completely ready for pickup. Takeout and shipping will also be out there by way of DoorDash. The store will not host indoor eating nor permit walk-in purchasing upon opening because of to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is not a generate-via at the shopping mall handle.
Jollibee openings are commonly grand occasions celebrated with furry bee mascot appearances, stunty big rooster buckets, and lots of media fanfare. Filipino ex-pats have deep nostalgic ties to a brand which is the Southeast Asian country’s major restaurant operator. The chain has professed lofty ambitions, together with a program to open up 450 places in 2021 when aiming to develop into one particular of the top rated 5 biggest cafe makes throughout the globe. Bloomberg reports that Jollibee took an annual reduction in 2020 for the very first time in at least 30 yrs mainly because of the world overall health crisis. The business operates additional than 5,800 stores in 33 international locations.
In the D.C. industry, Jollibee enters an location with a limited-knight group of Filipino-American dining establishments, like nationally recognized Bad Saint, Purple Patch, the Match Athletics Pub, and — not significantly from Wheaton — Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly. Cooks Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca have professed their admiration for the brand name when opening Pogiboy, a foodstuff hall stall in downtown D.C. with its very own homages to Jollibee hen, spaghetti, and burgers. Cunanan, a James Beard award-winner, previously instructed Eater that Jollibee is “like everybody’s satisfied position.”
Forward of this week’s opening, a Virginia Beach shop has been Jollibee’s only site in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. A 2nd D.C.-area store is heading to the Plaza at Landmark improvement in Springfield, Virginia.