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Japan’s % Arabica to relaunch in the Philippines in 2023

The boutique coffee group says it is restarting operations in the Philippines 12 months after exiting the market, with two stores set to open in Bonifacio Global City later this year

% Arabica currently operates 140 stores across 19 countries | Photo credit: Jeanne Rose Gomez


% Arabica has announced it will relaunch in the Philippines this year with two stores in Manila’s Bonifacio Global City financial business district. 

The stores will boost % Arabica’s south-east Asian presence, where it currently operates 18 outlets across Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The Kyoto-based boutique coffee group first entered the Filipino branded coffee shop market in January 2018 with an outlet in Bonifacio Global City.  

However, the company closed its three stores in the country in January 2022 after terminating its agreement with its Philippines-based franchise partner. 

Although no opening dates for the Manila outlets have been shared, the relaunch will set in motion a period of further international expansion for the boutique coffee chain. 

% Arabica currently operates 140 stores across 19 countries. Alongside the Philippines, the coffee chain also plans to launch in Vietnam, Spain, Mexico and Hungary in the next 12-18 months. 

Additionally, the % Arabica website indicates 10 further countries in which the company plans to launch in the coming years, including Egypt, France, India, Italy, Jordan and Turkey. 

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