A Chain of 130 Restaurants in Japan Want to Conquer the Vietnamese market

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Gyu Shige – a Japanese restaurant brand decided to enter and set up business in Vietnam, aims to open 70 branches in Vietnam in the next 5 years.

According to Mr Kentaro Takada, Global Development Director of Gyu Shige Bbq Restaurant chain, after a year of operation in Vietnam, the company aims to set up a chain of 30 branches in 3 years and up to 50 – 70 branches in 5 years. This brand now has 3 stores in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

The plan to conquer the Vietnam market of this Japanese brand has been in place for 3 years. Large populations, prefer Japanese culture and bbq dishes are the advantages for them to do business in Vietnam. Through partnerships and direct exploration, Gyu Shige has officially entered Vietnam in 2016 with its first store in a major trading center in HCMC.

According to representatives of Gyu Shige, Vietnam has been an economic hot spot in Southeast Asia for several years, attracting many investors. Unlike the fierce competition of the food industry in Thailand, they see many opportunities to develop and decide to choose Vietnam as the first overseas market.

With the strength of a chain of 130 successful restaurants in Japan, this brand almost delivers the original to Vietnam. The reason is that Vietnamese people love Japanese food and adapt quickly to new dishes. Beef is imported from the US, raw materials used for processing and sauces are imported from Japan and vegetables originate from agricultural farms in Dalat (Vietnam). In order to ensure quality, the central kitchen is equipped with full equipment like in Japan, so that the processing and preservation process are also following strict procedures.

The global development director of this restaurant system believed that their advantages are the delicious sauce and following the friendly restaurant segment, with spending of 10 USD to 17 USD per person per meal. Moreover, with the development of the fast-food market, demand for food will be higher, especially for friendly restaurant segment. Therefore, this will be a great potential for business in the future.

After one year of operation, Gyu Shige’s sales in Vietnam grew by nearly 50% month-on-month, with over 70% of customers returning. That is why businesses decide to go deep into the market, targeting 50 – 70 branches and covering the whole country in 2022.

Representatives from the brand said that in the next 3 years, the segment of Japanese cuisine in Vietnam will continue to boom. Gyu Shige has over 20 years of development with 130 branches in Japan. After Vietnam, the company plans to conquer other markets such as Australia, USA, Singapore, Thailand…

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