OUTSIDE the new Jollibee store in Pembroke Pines, Florida — JFC

JOLLIBEE Foods Corp. (JFC) continues its expansion plans in North America, launching its 53rd store in the United States and its 22nd in Canada, the listed company said in a statement on Tuesday.

JFC opened a Jollibee branch in Pembroke Pines in Florida. The company said it is its first location in the south of Florida and its third branch in the state.

“Not only are we thrilled to finally bring our Chickenjoy and other Jollibee favorites to our many loyal fans who call South Florida home, but we also can’t wait to introduce our brand to curious newcomers who want to experience the great-tasting food, happy moments, and the warm and friendly service that Jollibee is known for,” said Maribeth D. Dela Cruz, president of the Jollibee group for North America, Philippine brands.

The other Jollibee stores in Florida are located in Jacksonville and Tampa.

Over in Canada, the company opened a branch in Calgary CrossIron Mills, said to be the biggest shopping mall in Calgary.

“This city has embraced our brand since we landed in Alberta, and we want to continue sharing the joy of eating with the Filipino community and newcomers that consider Calgary home,” Ms. Dela Cruz said.

Jollibee now has three branches in Calgary, Alberta, following its Jollibee Calgary Pacific Place and Jollibee Macleod Trail stores.

Both Jollibee Pembroke Pines and Jollibee Calgary CrossIron Mills opened on Sept. 29.

The company said both stores offer call-in and pickup services. Customers may also order through Jollibee’s own mobile application, via the jollibeefoods.com website, and through the DoorDash delivery platform.

Jollibee is currently operating in 34 countries with over 5,800 stores.

On Tuesday, JFC shares at the stock exchange rose 4.51% or P9.40 to close at P217.80 apiece. — Keren Concepcion G. Valmonte