Gar­rett Pop­corn hints at open­ing of its first Tai­wan store

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Gar­rett Pop­corn Shops from Chicago is ex­pected to open its first store in Tai­wan by the end of this year, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s Face­book Tai­wan fan page that be­gan op­er­a­tion re­cently.

Gar­rett Pop­corn has posted pic­tures of the coun­try’s fa­mous scenic spots on its of­fi­cial Face­book Tai­wan fan page since early July. In one of its replies to a lo­cal fan, the com­pany said: “Thank you for your sup­port! See you soon in Tai­wan,” with­out of­fer­ing a timeline or a lo­ca­tion.

Ear­lier lo­cal re­ports, with­out cit­ing sources, have in­di­cated that Gar­rett Pop­corn’s first Tai­wan store would open in De­cem­ber at the Taipei 101 shop­ping mall.

The ex­pan­sion plan of the pri­vately held Chicago- based com­pany is con­sid­ered part of the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs’ latest ef­forts at at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ment to Tai­wan, which is ex­pected to be for­mally an­nounced at the 2015 Tai­wan Busi­ness Al­liance Con­fer­ence on Sept. 2.

The min­istry, how­ever, de­clined to con­firm the news to re­porters.

The Chicago Tri­bune re­ported in May that Gar­rett Pop­corn plans to open a third store in Hong Kong and en­ter Tai­wan by year-end, as part of its “cau­tious but op­ti­mistic” goal of ul­ti­mately set­ting up shops in China.

Founded in 1949, Gar­rett Pop­corn started its busi­ness in Chicago and has since gone global, with in­ter­na­tional stores lo­cated in mostly Asian mar­kets such as Ja­pan, South Korea, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Kuwait and United Arab Emi­rates.

Gar­rett Pop­corn’s fa­mous CaramelCrisp pop­corn is made fresh daily, on­site in old- fash­ioned cop­per ket­tles, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

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