Popular Filipino fried chicken shop Jollibee is expected to open a new store in Manchester in 2022, as part of a huge UK-wide expansion.
Currently, there are eight Jollibee restaurants in the UK – with the closest stores to Manchester currently based in Liverpool and Leeds.
However, that could all change amid new reports that the former Carphone Warehouse unit on Market Street will soon be home to a Jollibee of its own.
Cooking up familiar favourites with a South Asian twist, the Filipino chicken joint serves up a range of different bucket sharer meals as well as individual meals.
Over in the Philippines, it outperforms both KFC and McDonald’s – so we expect it will be quite a hit here too once it lands in Manchester. (We already know a few people who travel to Liverpool exclusively just for a taste of their chicken).
Think fried chicken tenders, wraps, burgers, ‘Jolly Spaghetti’ and chicken buckets, plus a fried chicken rice bowl topped with rainbow slaw and Asian ginger chilli sauce, sriracha chicken loaded fries, and sides of fries and plain rice.
Burger-wise, you can opt for the likes of a tropical chicken burger (served in a brioche bun packed with a crispy fried chicken breast, pineapple, cheese, lettuce and Asian ginger chilli sauce), a spicy chicken burger coated in a fiery breading and served with sriracha mayo, or a classic burger served with garlic mayo.
As for sides, think pots of gravy in various sizes (yes, you can opt for a big bucket of gravy if the standard just won’t cut it), plus pots of sweet chilli, sriracha mayo, and Asian ginger chilli sauce.
Elsewhere, you’ll find desserts like mango coconut and chocolate coconut icecream sundaes – both comprised of vanilla soft serve topped with either mango sauce, mango pieces and coconut, or Jollibee’s chocolate sauce and coconut.
Today, Jollibee boasts over 1,400 locations worldwide, spread across Asia, Europe, the US and the UK.
Described as a ‘joyous mashup of Western comfort food served with a tropical twist’, the restaurant has been serving its Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti, and Yumburgers across the world since 1978.
Although no opening date is currently confirmed, reports currently suggest we can expect the new restaurant to open early in the new year. Personally, we can’t wait.
Feature image – Jollibee
Man arrested after Stockport homes were evacuated due to ‘suspected hazardous materials’
A man has been arrested after the discovery of “suspected hazardous materials” led to several homes being evacuated in Stockport.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that the discovery of the so-called “suspected hazardous materials” was made by police yesterday (Thursday 1 June) during a search of a property on Middleton Road in the Reddish area of Stockport.
Officers attended the property in response to intelligence about the manufacturing of illegal fireworks.
No injuries have been reported following the discovery, GMP confirmed, and a 100-metre cordon is currently believed to still be in place around the area.
Residents of the several homes that were asked to evacuate yesterday have been relocated, either to the homes of their family and friends, or directed by Stockport Council to Houldsworth Village and Broadstone Road if they had no alternative accommodation.
The residents were told by GMP that, although they would be kept regularly updated, it was “unlikely they will be able to return home,” yesterday evening.
Following the discovery, GMP declared a major incident and instructed specially-trained representatives from relevant agencies to conduct the “timely and safe recovery” of the hazardous materials, all while asking members of the public to “avoid the area” so this could be carried out.
The arrested suspect, a 50-year-old man, is currently being held in police custody under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.
“We understand this news will have caused some concern in the community, not just amongst the residents who have unfortunately been displaced,” Chief Inspector Jamie Collins admitted in a statement addressing the ongoing situation yesterday.
“Our highest priority is keeping people safe, which is why we have put a cordon in place, evacuated properties, and warned members of the public to avoid the area.
With it being the first time the two Manchester clubs have battled it out for the trophy in the final in the 151-year-old football competition’s illustrious history, tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey down to the capital.
But with this influx of excitable rival fans, admittedly, comes a set of challenges.
This is why The FA and TfGM have decided to introduce some measures, and issue travel tips and guidance, in a bid to make sure everyone stays safe, while still soaking in all the atmosphere of the historic day at the same time.
Due to what TfGM has called “significant” coordinated strike action by rail unions RMT and Aslef on Saturday, all supporters heading to the FA Cup final are advised to avoid trains and “consider alternative travel arrangements” instead – making sure to allow “additional time for travel” and planning their journeys “ahead of time”.
Fans are also being asked to check the road network carefully, as it’s also highly likely that traditional routes to Wembley will be “busier than normal” as a result of rail strikes.
The FA has confirmed that it will be providing 60 coaches for both Manchester clubs to help supporters get to Wembley and return to Manchester once the game has finished, but aside from this, TfGM has suggested that “anyone without an official match ticket should not travel to the game”.
The two Manchester clubs have been advised to encourage fans to use separate travel routes to each other to avoid clashes, and a list of service stations for each team has now also been published – confirming all the rumours to be true.
Allocation of motorway service stations
Manchester City supporters
Manchester United supporters
When it comes to the travel routes supporters of each team are advised to take, TfGM is urging Manchester City fans to take the M62/M1 as the first port of call, or taking the M6/M1 or M6/M6 Toll/M1 as a back-up option.
Manchester United supporters are encouraged to take the M6/M42/M40.
On top of information on travel routes and service station allocations, TfGM has also shared tips for matchday parking, tube travel around London, and more.