Ministop’s iconic fried chicken stays after Robinsons takeover

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Most people who are on the go probably have their fave corner store snack – one of which is Ministop’s Uncle John’s Fried Chicken. Following Nikkei Asia‘s report on the Japanese convenience store’s exit in the country, regular buyers were worried that their fave meal might be pulled out.

Robinsons Retail Holdings Incorporated (RRHI)’s recent statement cleared the air and confirmed that the beloved fried chicken will stay on the menu. Ministop PH general manager Suresh Ramalinggam explained, ‘Our stores will continue to carry our bestsellers while we continue to diversify our ready-to-eat menu and offer new products to the market.’

The Gokongwei-led corporation also confirmed that it is the exclusive franchisee of Ministop and will fully own the stores in the Philippines. Ministop Japan noted it will concentrate on its home market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robina Gokongwei-Pe, RRHI president and chief executive officer, also said, ‘I would like to thank Ministop Japan for our partnership over the years. Under the Ministop banner we were able to bring to the public well-loved products and essential services.’

There are currently around 460 Ministop branches in the country. Every store will continue to operate under the Ministop brand within an unspecified transition period “until they are repurposed and appropriately rebranded in consideration of strong ready-to-eat offerings”, which also includes the OG Kariman.

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