Malaysia’s Will Group is planning to open first Chatime Singapore outlet this year.
The first two stores will be opened inside shopping malls, with a third scheduled for Jewel Changi Airport next year.
The group is also negotiating to take over the Singapore master franchise for the tea brand from current franchisor La Kaffa International.
Chatime also plans to expand into the Middle East, with outlets in Mecca and Medina this year, under a sub-franchise arrangement.
Chatime Malaysia has obtained the halal food certification for its menu, paving its way for business expansion.
Will Group has set a RM100 million (S$33.6 million) budget to open 150 outlets in Malaysia and internationally.
Will Group became master franchisee for Chatime in Malaysia following a dispute between La Kaffa and ex-master franchisee Loob Holding.