The % Arabica Spanish Latte is soon within our grasp because, after over a year since it mysteriously closed down its branches around Metro Manila, the Japanese coffee chain is back on our shores to set up shop in Mitsukoshi Mall, Bonifacio Global City!
“Manila, we are back! We are ready to make a fresh start for % Philippines project with our new partner,” Arabica’s official Facebook page announced. “The location will be at the new Japanese department store, Mitsukoshi in BGC. Additionally, a beautiful roastery will also be opened at the heart of BGC later this year.”
The coffee chain collaborated with Japanese spatial design consultancy no.10 to create a futuristic looking space that resembles a spaceship. “We set up a roasting room at the entrance to provide our signature custom roasting service. We would be delighted if customers could come and purchase coffee beans for home consumption weekly,” Arabica added.
Arabica BGC’s grand opening will be on Friday, July 21.
Arabica Philippines alarmed Filipinos by the end of January 2022 when customers suddenly discovered that its three branches—two on BGC and one in Podium Mall, Mandaluyong—suddenly closed down. Its Instagram page also mysteriously disappeared, prompting everyone to believe that they had been “ghosted” by the Japanese coffee chain. A few days later, a new Instagram account was made by the main headquarters to explain that Arabica’s franchise period with its Philippine partner at the time had already expired and that new partners have been chosen to not only bring back the brand to Manila but also expand to other regions across the country.
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