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A Chicago Tradition, Garrett Popcorn Shops Opens Its
First Store in Hong Kong


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Melissa Ng / David Hsieh in New York City: (212) 752 3320
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October 24, 2011 - Garrett Popcorn Shops from Chicago opened its first store in Hong Kong’s IFC Mall today. For more than 60 years, Garrett Popcorn Shops has been dedicated to serving fine, handcrafted gourmet popcorn with a focus on great customer service.

Handmade fresh daily, one batch at a time, using the highest quality ingredients, Garrett Popcorn Shops started its business in Chicago in 1949 and has since gone global, with 22 stores located in New York, Dubai and Singapore. These Popcorn Shops have created enthusiastic fans across Asia, including China and Hong Kong, who are familiar with the unique gifts and treats from Garrett.

Chief Executive Officer of Garrett Popcorn Shops, Mr. Lance Chody, said, “Hong Kong is a world-class city and the perfect base from which to access the Mainland China market. We decided to open our first Shop in Hong Kong and others will be forthcoming to bring our signature flavors to our fans across Asia.”

We are very excited about this opportunity at IFC Mall. The shop in Hong Kong will create an opportunity to hire and train local employees to become a part of our business success,” Mr. Chody continued.

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Mr. Andrew Davis, welcomed Garrett Popcorn Shops’ opening in Hong Kong and said, “Hong Kong is Asia’s most popular city destination with 36 million visitors in 2010, including over 22 million from Mainland China, roughly two-thirds of the total. It is an ideal launch pad for international brands into the Mainland China market.”

“There is increasing consumer demand for high quality products in Hong Kong. We are delighted to have this renowned popcorn chain establish its business in Hong Kong and we wish it all success as it continues its expansion in our city,” he added.

Starting a business in Hong Kong, for companies large and small, has been further facilitated with the launch of the Government's electronic incorporation service in March 2011. The time required for company incorporation and business registration has now been significantly reduced from four working days to one.

About Garrett Popcorn Shops
Garrett Popcorn Shops is wholly owned by Garrett Popcorn Holding Company LLC, with corporate offices located in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. The famous CaramelCrisp popcorn is made fresh daily, onsite in old-fashioned copper kettles. The three-generation-old secret family recipe uses only the highest quality ingredients, ensuring an irresistible taste sensation. Although it has deep roots in Chicago and the U.S., Garrett Popcorn’s signature flavors are now being embraced by many cultures around the world. For more information, please visit [www.garrettpopcorn.com].

About Invest Hong Kong
Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customized services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong's vibrant economy. As it celebrates its 11th year of operation, Invest Hong Kong has completed over 2,300 investment projects creating more than 28,000 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and HK$60 billion (US$7.69 billion) of investment. For more information, please visit [www.investhk.gov.hk].


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