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Taiwan’s JustKitchen to open two locations in Manila

Company’s first Philippines location set to open on May 14

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JustKitchen. (Taiwan News photo)

JustKitchen. (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Ghost kitchen operator JustKitchen announced on Wednesday (April 20) it has signed a deal to open two locations in the Philippine capital of Manila.

JV Co., a joint venture between JustKitchen and TDG Ventures, Inc., signed an agreement with the platform GrabExpress in which GrabKitchen will handle food preparation and GrabFood will take care of delivery services.

The company’s first Philippines location is slated to open on May 14 and will operate within the GrabKitchen facility located in Ayala Mall, a shopping center in the Metro Manila city of Makati.

Under the new deal, GrabKitchen will provide facilities for JV Co. on a kitchen-as-a-service ( KaaS) basis, which will allow the company to save on capital expenditures and allow for more locations to be opened in a shorter timeframe. KaaS is an operating model that provides commercial kitchens to any party looking to get into the food service industry without having to own a physical location.

JustKitchen is currently working on selecting which of its approximately 30 food brands it will offer at the new location. It is also in the process of securing rights to local Filipino brands as well.

The ghost kitchen operator has continued to develop its operations within Taiwan while also expanding its reach overseas. In January, it opened its second location in Hong Kong, and at the beginning of this month it announced its first two locations in Singapore.