Thursday, September 12, 2013

[Food] Jollibee has landed in Houston, Texas

Jollibee has landed in Houston, Texas!
Jollibee Houston, Texas
If you were in Houston, Tx today and you passed along Main and Kirby Sts, you must have noticed a new store with a long queue of people and a parking lot full of cars.  Let me introduce you to the latest fastfood chain in Houston: JOLLIBEE.

Photo from Jollibee's Facebook

Here's a brief history of the company as seen in their website

"Jollibee is the largest fast food chain in the Philippines, operating a nationwide network of over 750 stores. A dominant market leader in the Philippines, Jollibee enjoys the lion's share of the local market that is more than all the other multinational brands combined. The company has also embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan in the USA, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei, firmly establishing itself as a growing international QSR player."

"Jollibee was founded by Tony Tan and his family with its humble beginnings as an Ice Cream Parlor which later grew into an emerging global brand. At the heart of its success is a family-oriented approach to personnel management, making Jollibee one of the most admired employers in the region with an Employer of the Year Award from the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines, Best Employer in the Philippines Award from Hewitt Associated and a Top 20 Employer in Asia citation from the Asian Wall Street Journal."
As an immigrant to the USA, it brings me joy to have a place such as Jollibee that reminds me of home.  They serve a variety of juicy burgers - my favorite is the Amazing Aloha, fried chicken - Chickenjoy, Spaghetti, Fiesta noodles (or Palabok) and delicious desserts such as Halo-halo which was featured by Anthony Bourdain in his show, "No Reservations" and Peach Mango Pie.  Yum!

 After much anticipation, they opened their doors today, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at 7am.  We were so excited to be one of the first to be there so we woke up early, arrived at 630AM and waited along with fellow Filipinos and others for the store to open at 7AM.  Oh, it was fun!  It was a thrill to see such an outpouring of support from fellow Filipinos.
Call it crazy but seeing the iconic Jollibee in person made me so happy.  I remember my days as a Pediatrician when my patients would request their parents to go to Jollibee or to bring them Chickenjoy when they were sick.  LOL.  Forget about diet and calories on this very special day!  
If you get the chance to visit their stores in California, NY, Virginia and more, you got to try what they have to offer.  
If you do, please tell me about it.

Disclaimer:  This is the writers' personal blog about Jollibee and is not endorsed or paid for by the company.

Have a wonderful day!

8001 S Main St Houston Texas 77025

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