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Jollibee Leeds sees huge queues at 5.30am for opening of fried chicken takeaway

Jollibee is a popular international food chain

There were queues of 150 people outside a new Leeds fast food joint set to rival KFC.

Those waiting were outside Jollibee from 5.30am - a whole four-and-a-half hours before the new takeaway opened in The Headrow.

Jollibee is known across the globe for its fried chicken. If you love places like KFC and Nando’s then this could be somewhere new for you to try in Leeds city centre.

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Jollibee is the Philippines’ largest fast food chain and its fourth UK eatery will be in Leeds. Jollibee aims to bring a tropical twist to a traditional western menu of fast food treats.

The first UK branch opened in Earl’s Court in 2018, winning the hearts and taste buds of the locals. In the first two weeks, Jollibee sold over half a million pieces of chicken. Last year, it opened restaurants in Liverpool and Leicester.

By 2025, Jollibee intends to open over 50 stores in Europe. The Leeds branch, which will have a capacity of 128, will serve chicken burgers, hotdogs, fries, desserts and a range of drinks.

Adam Parkinson, head of Jollibee Europe, officially cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony alongside the Leeds team and Jollibee's iconic mascot.

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Mr Parkinson said: “It’s been amazing to see so many excited people from Leeds supporting us and coming out on the opening day! We hope that Jollibee will become a much-loved part of Leed’s buzzing community.”

The Leeds branch is currently open for takeaway only following the government's coronavirus restrictions. Deliveries will soon be available and dine-in will follow once lockdown rules are lifted.

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