The comeback is nigh: we’re talking about the return of Taiwanese bubble tea chain Gong Cha.
The brand broke Singaporeans’ hearts in May this year when they abruptly exited the local market due to franchising rights woes; the Singaporean company who had been running the Gong Cha franchise here had unexpectedly announced that they were giving up its franchise rights and converting all their 80 Gong Cha outlets to a new brand it created, called LiHo, which introduced newfangled flavours like Cheese Teas.
But, plot twist! Gong Cha then announced that it was making a return, this time under a new master franchisee headed by a CEO who had co-founded the soya bean-centric Mr Bean snack chain.
The first comeback Gong Cha outlet opens this Friday (Dec 1) at 12pm at the SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar. Another two outlets, one “in the Orchard area”, will be opening soon.
The company also plans to introduce cafes with dine-in seats.
Its business director confirms that the brand is bringing back “most” of its previous offerings (such as milk-based teas and fruit-infused green teas), plus a few new flavours. On top of this, there will be two new ranges: a Smoothie and Tea Latte line. Sadly, we only got to sample the existing range, plus a few new flavours, but none from the smoothie and latte collection.
However, you’ll be pleased to know that the prices will “remain the same” as what you had previously paid.
Scroll through our photo gallery for a sneak peek at some of the drinks they’ll be serving, plus our take on what’s worth ordering.
Gong Cha, #01-141A/B SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Rd, S408600. Open daily 10am-10pm.