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New International Bubble Tea Operator Opens at Merrion Centre

An authentic, international bubble tea operator is set to open at the Merrion Centre this weekend (1st October 2022) in the heart of Leeds’ Arena Quarter, further enhancing the growing Oriental based food and beverage offer for shoppers and creating a minimum of 20 jobs for the city.

Gong cha, which is co-owned by the Kazumi Group and backed by F&B investors, was founded in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2006 and has grown to become one of the most recognisable quality tea providers with 1600 outlets worldwide.

Selling authentic bubble tea from Taiwan, the brand already has 10 stores across the UK with the new Merrion Centre venue being the first outlet in Yorkshire, with more stores slated to open.

The Merrion Centre has continually enhanced the choice of authentic Chinese speciality food and beverage operators in recent years including Blue Sakura, which was recently announced as ‘best restaurant in Leeds at the prestigious British Restaurant Awards; Sing Kee Supermarket, Mi’s Noodles and Oba Bar & Kitchen and Chinese rotisserie specialist Eatime. In addition, premium dining venue Blue Pavilion, which will offer world class, a-la-carte Oriental dining and up-market karaoke is set to open at the Merrion Centre in due course.

Charles Newman, Associate Director, Estates at Town Centre Securities, owners of The Merrion Centre said:

“It is fantastic to secure this premium bubble tea operator within the Merrion Centre, giving our shoppers even more choice. Our Oriental food and drink line up continues to grow with so much to offer from on trend bubble teas to traditional noodles and luxury dining. The Merrion Centre is fast securing its place as a destination for discerning diners and shoppers looking for authentic tastes and experiences from around the world.

“Our location is proving extremely popular with new occupiers looking to bring their brand to the Leeds Arena Quarter, where the city’s retail, entertainment, universities, civic and office areas meet, and we look forward to welcoming Gong Cha to the Merrion family.”

Amjad Khan, Gong cha co-owner said;

“We are excited to open our new bubble tea shop in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter – the Merrion Centre is a great venue in a prime location. We’ve had many Leeds residents visit us in our other UK stores asking when we are opening in the city, so it’s a pleasure to finally realise this.

“Due to the huge international student population right on our doorstep, we look forward to welcoming those in search of a taste of home with the trusted brands they know, as well as local shoppers we can introduce to the delights of our natural, healthy and freshly brewed bubble teas and beverages.”