% Arabica announces Manila return with new branches in BGC

Missed % Arabica? Good news, then: the popular Kyoto-based coffee chain is returning to Manila.

The brand announced it was making a comeback in Manila through new branches in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City.

% Arabica’s global Instagram account, Arabica Journal, posted rendered images of its new outposts in BGC.

“Manila, we will restart our project this year with these stores. This is a sneak preview of our upcoming stores in BGC, opening in 2023. We will announce the opening dates later on. We cannot wait to serve our coffee from the world to you once again,” the page wrote on Instagram.

% Arabica PH reposted the images on their account, writing, “MABUHAY PILIPINAS! We are coming back bigger and better!”

In January last year, % Arabica shocked its customers after it abruptly ended operations in Manila. Branches were closed without warning and its social media pages were deactivated. A day later, the brand announced that its contract with its Filipino franchise partner had ended and that they had selected a new partner to expand its stores in the country.

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These followed earlier reports that % Arabica headquarters were experiencing “communication issues” with their original franchise partners, Allue and Dr. San San Hortaleza, who had since put up a new coffee shop brand, Angkan Coffee.