Big Apple Expands Base

28 MAY 2008 - THE STAR

IPOH: Homegrown doughnut maker Big Apple is rolling its way to Thailand, Brunei, China and the Middle East.

Franchisor Big Apple Inter Asia Sdn Bhd director Mike Chan said its Bangkok outlet would open by October while the Middle East outlet was expected to begin operations by year-end.

Like most of its local outlets, the overseas business would be operated via franchise programme, he said.

“Big Apple has enjoyed tremendous success since it was introduced at The Curve in Damansara last year,” he told StarBiz after the opening of the 16th Big Apple outlet at Kinta City here recently.

The Big Apple outlet at Kinta City in Ipoh.

Warna Efektif Sdn Bhd holds the Big Apple franchise in Perak.

On the local front, Chan said the company was aiming for 30 Big Apple outlets by June next year. “We plan to have at least one outlet in each state,” he said.

Its Alor Star outlet opened last Thursday. This will be followed by outlets in Johor Baru and Penang in July and August respectively.

“However, our focus will still be on Kuala Lumpur due to its large population,” he added, noting that Low Yat Plaza would see the opening of a Big Apple outlet on May 29.

The Kinta City outlet has a total built-up area of 120.8 sq m.

Warna Efektif managing director Y.F. Tan said the company planned to expand the Big Apple chain to other shopping complexes in Perak.

“The Kinta City outlet cost us some RM1mil,” he said.