While there are so many issues between China and the Philippines, it could not also be denied that Filipinos actually love Chinese cuisine – and that’s something you can see on menus in popular restaurants like Chowking as well as the many Chinese and Chinese-inspired restaurants all over the country.
Hap Chan is a restaurant offering Chinese favorites on the menu. Formally known as Hap Chan Tea House, the restaurant actually began as a small tea house in Manila back in 1997. Others thought it started in China but it actually had its roots in the Philippines.
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Through the Hap Chan Trading and Management Corporation, the restaurant began to expand as it started offering franchising in 1999. While it started as a simple tea house, Hap Chan has expanded to include four business concepts:
- Full Restaurant
- Seafood Restaurant
- Tea House
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How to Franchise Hap Chan
According to its official website, the franchise fee is based on the size of the area.
- A store that is sized between 80 sqm and 120 sqm has a franchise fee of Php1 million
- Stores over 120 sqm pay a franchise fee of Php1.5 million
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The franchise fees include the following:
- On-going support
- Operations manual
- Pre-opening assistance
- Procurement programs
- Propriety marks
- Right to name
- Training assistance
Take note that the total investment could be as follows:
- Tea House: Php7-8 million
- Full Restaurant: Php9-12 million for retro-fit types or Php12-16 million for stand-alone structures
The total investment will include the following:
- Food security deposit (initial stocks)
- Franchise fee
- Furniture and fixtures
- Operating equipment, dining and kitchen equipment
- Project management fee and design fee
- Training and pre-operating expenses
The initial franchise term is 7 years. Hap Chan also collects a 5% monthly royalty fee on gross sales.
To apply for franchise, following these steps:
Step 1. Send a letter of intent, including your proposed site location, to the following email addresses:
- Franchising and Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or at the following address:
Franchising and Business Development
Hap Chan Head Office
937 EDSA, South Triangle Quezon City, Philippines
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Step 2. Hap Chan will schedule a meeting to iron out details of the franchise agreement.
Step 3. Fill out the confidential questionnaire.
Step 4. If you qualify, Hap Chan will schedule a site visit. Take note that Hap Chan will charge a site inspection fee amounting to Php5,000 or total direct expenses (including transportation, accommodations, and meals), whichever is higher, for franchise applications outside Metro Manila.
Step 5. If the site is approved, Hap Chan will schedule another meeting for contract signing of the Franchise Agreement.