Lotteria South Korea Franchise

Lotteria South Korea Franchise

Lotteria South Korea was founded in 1979, as part of an expansion of the Lotte Group which also included Lotte Chilsung Beverages, Lotte Food, and Lotte Ham. Lotteria became the number-one fast food restaurant chain in South Korea. The company achieved a 45% market share in 2001 (compared to 20.1 percent for McDonald’s). Lotteria’s success was achieved in part by introducing lines of Koreanized fast food including its now signature kimchi burger, leading to it being seen by most Koreans as a native version of most Western-style fast-food restaurants. The company tries to imitate the western idea of fast food through “cleanliness, bright interior, Western pop music as an audio background,” with the idea of trying to create “the impression of a ‘small piece of America in the middle of Korea'”. Their business strategy resulted in growth rates of 10 percent in 2006 and 16 percent in 2007; by 2009, Lotteria had 920 outlets across the country.

The menu in South Korea includes baked potatoes, yogurt, salads, cheese sticks, squid rings, and a popular shaved iced dessert called pat bing soo (팥빙수). One of the restaurants most popular burgers is the ‘Bulgogi Burger’ with bulgogi sauce serving as relish. In South Korea too, a specially priced lunchtime menu is offered focussing on less expensive and often reduced items. The timing of the lunch menu differs from store to store but falls within the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with prices fluctuating from location to location. There are a few stores which carry weekend lunches but these are relatively rare.

In March 2009, Lotteria took full control of the South Korean branch of T.G.I. Friday’s. It had previously invested 10 billion won in the chain in 2002. Lotteria also runs Natuur, one of South Korea’s major ice cream franchises, itself introduced to South Korea by Lotte in 1998.

On February 27, 2010, the ‘Hamburger Cafeteria’ Experience Center was opened in Seoul, KidZania. In April 2016, it will open a “Hamburger Cafeteria” experience center in Busan, KidZania, following KidZania Seoul.

The restaurant entered the Vietnamese market in 2004. Its menu there includes regular menu burgers and fried chicken but not side itemslike baked potatoes and pat bing soo. They also have an ice cream-based dessert (like a McFlurry) called a Tornado. It comes in five flavors: chocolate, cookie, peanut, sprinkles or green tea.

They also have Shrimp Burgers and some items that include rice, such as drumsticks with rice.

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Lotteria is a chain of fast-food restaurants in East Asia that grew out of its first shop in TokyoJapan in September 1972. Taking its name from its parent company, Lotte Corporation, it currently has franchises in JapanSouth KoreaIndonesiaVietnamCambodia and Myanmar. The origin of the name is a combination of corporate names Lotte and Cafeteria.

Its menu includes typical fast-food items such as burgers, fried potato, fried chickenchicken wings, and chicken fingers.

In 2019, lotteria pre-released the new menu 지파이(gee-pie) in Korea, which is the Taiwan representative street food.

In 2003 Lotteria partnered with KT and Intel to provide Wi-fi access in its restaurants, to help attract more customers. This service has also been available in every restaurant in Japan for Docomo‘s and Au‘s mobile users since 2006.

Lotteria has followed the global fast-food trend of shifting towards health-conscious foods and rebranding its image. In the face of health trends, it eliminated trans fats from its French fries. It also introduced healthier menu items, such as a rye bread burger that totals only 350 calories. From 2008, perhaps as a response to McDonald’s strategy to become more upmarket, Lotteria began a campaign to change “the image of our stores to create a mood similar to a cafe, geared toward the health-conscious as well as female customers”.

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