Chatime Uttara in Uttara, Dhaka
Chatime is a Taiwanese global franchise teahouse chain. It operates 1,002 outlets in 30 countries. In 2006, it opened its first store outside of Taiwan in California, and it has since expanded to Malaysia, Canada, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, India, Dubai, China, Japan and Korea, among others. Its expansion and growth model is through franchising.
Its parent company, La Kaffa International Co Ltd, debuted on the Emerging Stock Market in December 2012 at NT$168 per share. It is expected to list on Taiwan’s Gre Tai Securities Market in the second half of 2013. It is the only public-listed bubble tea company in Taiwan.
Henry Wang Yao-Hui founded Chatime in 2005 in Hsinchu, Taiwan, under the parent company, La Kaffa Coffee. He modernised traditional tea making culture by producing tea machines that could make quality fresh teas that were consistent, using a variety of flavors, fruits and toppings, in order to stand out from the many competitors in the market. The company has its own tea plantation in Nantou, Taiwan.
The company opened its first outlet outside of Taiwan in California in 2006, followed by Australia in 2009, where it currently has over 40 stores. This was followed by Malaysia in 2010. Its Malaysian operations currently account for just under 50% of its global revenue.
In 2012, the brand opened its first store in India, a traditional tea drinking country, in New Delhi.
After its two stores in New York, its third store in the United States opened at Mall of America in March 2012. The Chatime store in London is located on Old Compton Street.
In the Philippines, it planned to open 50 stores by 2014, while in Malaysia, it opened its 100th store in 2013, with plans to open up to 250 stores within a three to five-year period.
Now the brand has opened their first store in Dhaka, Bangladesh.